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Daytona 500 postponed to Monday due to persistent showers

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Daytona 500 postponed to Monday due to persistent showers
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Feb 16, 2020, 11:52 PM

President Trump got to start the engines for the Daytona 500, but not much more of it ended up completed on Sunday.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Kroger, Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil, rain delay
President Donald Trump at Daytona 500
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally, rain delay
President Donald Trump at Daytona 500
President Donald Trump at Daytona 500
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Discount Tire, rain delay
Toyota Camry pace car
Toyota line
Air Show
President Donald Trump at Daytona 500

Following two lengthy rain delays and only 20 of 200 laps completed, NASCAR finally called off the event around 6:50 p.m. ET.

The race has been rescheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET Monday and will be shown live on Fox.

NASCAR was able to complete all its pre-race pageantry, including a brief speech from President Trump, his command to start engines and a lap around the track in the presidential limo.

But just as the race was set to begin, rain caused the cars to be immediately sent to pit road.

The race actually took the green flag at about 4:20 p.m. ET. Pole-winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the first 20 laps until rain brought a quick halt.

The track never got dried to restart before very heavy rains – part of a large front – set it before 7 p.m.

After returning to the infield and the cars were preparing to take the green flag for the first time, Trump cut into the NASCAR channel with a message to all the drivers, “Drivers: this is President Trump; it was an honor to open the Daytona 500. Have a phenomenal day, a great race, be safe.

“God Bless you, we love you.”  

Air Force One at Daytona

Air Force One at Daytona

Photo by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

Current Running Order

1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2. Joey Logano

3. Aric Almirola

4. Ryan Newman

5. Kevin Harvick

6. Brad Keselowski

7. William Byron

8. Jimmie Johnson

9. Ty Dillon

10. Timmy Hill

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Daytona 500
Sub-event Sunday Race (Postponed)
Author Jim Utter