Watkins Glen NY
August 15, 2011 by staff
Watkins Glen NY, One day I was supposed to end with a rain of confetti and champagne on the podium once came to a premature end because of rain otherwise – rain forced the postponement of Sunday’s Sprint Cup in Watkins Glen International Field Road.
Persistent rain moved during the pre-race ceremonies and stayed long enough that NASCAR officials had to move the event at 10 am EDT Monday. A small window rainy Sunday is always some hope, and took control of the race to fire up dryers eight track and roll back jet on the track of 2.45 miles. However, more heavy showers moved in soon after, and the decision to postpone the time was around 4:30 pm local, more than three hours after the event was scheduled to begin.
Monday’s rescheduled race will be televised by ESPN. Sunday was the second time in the last three years; Watkins Glen had an RBI the next day because of rain.
“Of course, you would like to be running at the moment, but this is part of it and this is how it works,” said AJ Allmendinger, who qualified second in the event. “There have been times when it rained and so I have not had the chance to race or qualify, so we know we have a fast car, and when we dropped the green we will be successful.”
NASCAR knew the time would come on Sunday, and even traveled to the scheduled start time for a few minutes to try to start the race before wet weather moved in. They came tantalizingly close – drops began spraying during the singing the national anthem, and soon after the competitors were fighting for their mobile homes or umbrella opening. A tough few souls in the stands huddled under ponchos, waiting in vain for clear weather forever.
“You can not fight against time, so just worry about things you can control,” said Marcos Ambrose, scheduled to start third. “I have children here with me, so I’ll play with them a bit and relax There’s not much you can do -. Just use the time to play a little Playstation, playing with children, and have something to eat “.
Unfortunately, the weather outlook for Monday does not seem much better. The forecasts for the Watkins Glen area call for a 60 percent chance of more rain, mainly in the morning with possible afternoon thunderstorms. Sunday, however, all I could do was wait and see the drops of rain.
“The cover is in the car and ready to go,” said Ambrose. “There is nothing you can do until the sun rises.”
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