DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 56th running of the Daytona 500 is currently being delayed by light rain that struck the track after less than 35 laps of the 200-lap race had been completed, but on-track action could resume soon.
NASCAR Executive Vice President for Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell wrote on Twitter that the latest estimate for going green is 8:30 p.m. ET.
If that holds up, it will be after a delay of more than six hours. Earlier, the field had completed pit stops under caution for just the second time of the afternoon when the rain arrived. After three more circuits around the track, the cars were sent down pit road and covered up. The red flag was displayed at 2:13 p.m. ET on Lap 39.
The Air Titan track drying system first went out onto Daytona's 2.5-mile track at 4:17 p.m. ET., approximately two hours after the red flag was displayed. More showers came, though, before clearing up later Sunday evening.
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch, who started 37th, is the race leader, with Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Brian Vickers and Paul Menard completing the top five.
Rounding out the top 10: Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Coors Light Pole Award winner Austin Dillon.
The race has been slowed by two cautions. The first yellow was waved for debris after Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Larson scrubbed the wall. No. 2 qualifier Martin Truex Jr., who had to start from the rear, suffered an engine failure to bring out the most recent yellow flag.
Kurt Busch, who is 11th, has led the most laps (15).
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