September 5, 2011 by staff
That will start at 10 am, and broadcast live on ESPN except problems longer.
Officials hoped to get the race as scheduled Sunday night, but the outer bands of the huge storm brought rain to the track in the afternoon.
Many of the pre-race festivities continued as planned, including driver introductions, national anthem and a concert by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Blowers were sent shortly after the hour 6:30 pm CDT start time and thought NASCAR was about a three-hour window to get at least a shortened career. Then two hours later and almost dry track, another burst of rain drenched the track.
It was not even on the radar.
“We’re probably about 25 to 30 minutes to drop the green flag,” said Ed Clark, president of Atlanta Motor Speedway. “We do not know where it came from.”
At that time, would have taken three hours to dry the track again, although the rain held off and the race would not have started until after midnight.
“That’s not fair to the fans,” said Clark.
NASCAR did not even bother trying to get the race today, taking into account the forecast that called for 4 to 5 inches of rain and strong winds in the afternoon, which was still powerful storm moved through the area Atlanta.
“First, we had to consider the safety of the fans,” said Clark. “We thought it best to step back, reorganize and put on a great program on Tuesday.”
The forecast today called for a 70 percent chance of rain.
Eight drivers in the Chase last season, including five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson are scheduled to be in the White House on Wednesday to be honored by President Obama.
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