Rain pushes Cup Series race at Dover to Monday start
NASCAR officials postponed Sunday’s Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway because of a forecast for steady, daylong rain.
The Würth 400, the 11th race of the Cup Series season, was rescheduled for a Monday start at noon ET. The 400-mile event will be broadcast live on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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Competition officials on Friday had shifted the scheduled start time one hour earlier because of the bleak forecast, posting a 1 p.m. ET target for Sunday’s go. But the prediction for heavy rainfall and a flood watch for the Delaware capital city forced the postponement.
Rain had also washed away Saturday’s Busch Light Pole Qualifying for the Cup Series and all of Friday’s scheduled on-track activity. The starting lineup was set according to the NASCAR Rule Book’s inclement weather procedures, putting Kyle Busch — last week’s winner at Talladega Superspeedway — in the No. 1 starting spot.
The decision marks the second consecutive year that Dover’s Cup Series date has been pushed to a Monday start by rain. Chase Elliott won last season’s delayed 400-miler, leading the final 53 laps to the checkered flag.
Martin Truex Jr. is a three-time Dover winner, and two of those triumphs at the 1-mile track have arrived on a Monday (2007, 2019). He’ll be going for a distinctive family sweep of the weekend after his younger brother, Ryan, broke through for his first NASCAR national-tour victory in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.