UPDATE: Track drying underway, Xfinity race at Darlington set for 4:30 p.m. ET

Jerry Bonkowski
NBC Sports

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. ET): The rain has stopped, track drying continues at Darlington Raceway and today’s Xfinity Series race is expected to take the green flag at 4:30 p.m. ET, according to NASCAR.

The race — the first for the Xfinity Series since early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic — was originally scheduled for Tuesday evening, was rained out and rescheduled for today at Noon ET, but rain extended into mid-afternoon before stopping.

Noah Gragson will start from the No. 1 position and will be seeking his second win of the season, having won the 2020 opener at Daytona. JR Motorsports teammate Michael Annett will start alongside Gragson.

The race is slated to go 147 laps, with Stage 1 ending at Lap 45 and Stage 2 ending at Lap 90.

An updated weather forecast from Wunderground.com calls for only a 40 percent chance of additional rain but not until the early evening.

ORIGINAL STORY:

For the third consecutive day, rain is impacting racing at Darlington Raceway.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Toyota 200 was slated to begin at Noon ET today.

However, at 11:45 a.m. ET, NASCAR announced that lightning had been observed within an eight-mile radius of the racetrack and ordered all on-site to take shelter immediately.

The race was originally scheduled to be run Tuesday night, but rain forced its postponement to today.

According to Wunderground.com, rain is forecast for much of the afternoon, but NASCAR is hoping it will clear and racing can begin.

We will keep you updated with more information as it becomes available.

Meanwhile, click here for all the information you need to know about today’s race.

 

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