Michigan NASCAR Cup race postponed to Monday by rain

Jake Nichol
Autosport
Rain postpones Michigan NASCAR race to Monday
Rain postpones Michigan NASCAR race to Monday

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan has been postponed until Monday following persistent light rain that left cars unable to complete more than a handful of formation laps.

The race, which was due to begin at 2pm local time on Sunday, has been pushed back to 5pm on Monday.

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NASCAR attempted to begin it an hour after the scheduled start having carried intensive track drying efforts when the rain eased.

But drivers began reporting more rainfall during the formation laps and the start was called off.

Rain postpones Michigan NASCAR race to Monday
Rain postpones Michigan NASCAR race to Monday

With the weather worsening, the decision to try again on Monday was made just under three hours after the race had been due to start.

It is the second time this season that a Cup race has been postponed due to the weather, following the race at Dover that was eventually won by Martin Truex Jr.

The Michigan race will feature a competition caution mid-way through stage one, owing to the track surface being 'green' following the rain.

Reigning Cup champion Joey Logano will start on pole position for Team Penske, alongside Stewart-Haas driver Aric Almirola as Ford locked out eight of the top 10 starting positions on the two-mile circuit.

Starting grid

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1

Joey Logano

Team Penske

Ford

38.474s

-

2

Aric Almirola

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

38.493s

0.019s

3

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

38.522s

0.048s

4

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

38.526s

0.052s

5

Clint Bowyer

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

38.549s

0.075s

6

Paul Menard

Wood Brothers Racing

Ford

38.573s

0.099s

7

Kurt Busch

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

38.590s

0.116s

8

Brad Keselowski

Team Penske

Ford

38.605s

0.131s

9

Daniel Suarez

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

38.612s

0.138s

10

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Roush Fenway Racing

Ford

38.620s

0.146s

11

Daniel Hemric

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

38.632s

0.158s

12

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

38.639s

0.165s

13

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske

Ford

38.661s

0.187s

14

Erik Jones

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

38.705s

0.231s

15

Martin Truex Jr.

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

38.714s

0.240s

16

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

38.714s

0.240s

17

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

38.732s

0.258s

18

Ryan Newman

Roush Fenway Racing

Ford

38.792s

0.318s

19

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

38.793s

0.319s

20

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

38.878s

0.404s

21

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

38.925s

0.451s

22

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

38.927s

0.453s

23

Kyle Larson

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

38.927s

0.453s

24

David Ragan

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

38.963s

0.489s

25

Ty Dillon

Germain Racing

Chevrolet

39.030s

0.556s

26

Matt Tifft

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

39.040s

0.566s

27

Darrell Wallace Jr.

Richard Petty Motorsports

Chevrolet

39.122s

0.648s

28

Ryan Preece

JTG Daugherty Racing

Chevrolet

39.191s

0.717s

29

Matt DiBenedetto

Leavine Family Racing

Toyota

39.271s

0.797s

30

Landon Cassill

StarCom Racing

Chevrolet

39.274s

0.800s

31

Chris Buescher

JTG Daugherty Racing

Chevrolet

39.296s

0.822s

32

Corey LaJoie

Go FAS Racing

Ford

39.401s

0.927s

33

Kyle Weatherman

Petty Ware Racing

Ford

39.801s

1.327s

34

Josh Bilicki

Rick Ware Racing

Chevrolet

40.177s

1.703s

35

Quin Houff

Spire Motorsports

Chevrolet

40.271s

1.797s

36

Garrett Smithley

Premium Motorsports

Chevrolet

40.435s

1.961s

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