Daytona 500 Live: The Daytona 500 was postponed by rain for the first time since 2012, dampening NASCAR’s season opener that started with a ballyhooed visit from President Trump. It’s the second time in 62 years that The Great American Race will finish on a Monday.
The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season was supposed to get underway with the biggest stock car race of the year starting in the early afternoon. The Daytona 500 was less than one pace lap away from taking the green flag before raindrops began falling at Daytona International Speedway. What was supposed to be a green flag time of 3:05 p.m. ET was delayed to 4:15 p.m.
Then, following just 20 laps, rain returned and the race was postponed until 4 p.m. ET Monday.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman earned their places on the front row for the start of the 2020 Daytona 500 with their pole qualifying speeds, and the rest of the 40-car field was set by the results of Thursday night’s Duels.
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Last year, Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500. The year before that, Austin Dillon took the crown.
Sporting News is tracking live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Daytona 500. Check back Monday when the race resumes.