NASCAR can’t catch a break with Mother Nature. For the third time of the season, a race has been postponed until a new day.
Less than an hour before the green Flag for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway, lightning put us in a 30 minute holding pattern. Then, while in that holding pattern, heavy rains began to fall on the 2.66-mile Alabama Superspeedway.
Unfortunately, with sunset just prior to 8 p.m. locally and such a late start, there wasn’t much room to get the track dried in time to compete all 188 Laps. So, NASCAR was forced to move the race until Monday at 3 pm ET on FOX, MRN.
Talladega joins the Daytona 500 and Charlotte 2, as the races to get postponed until the next day due to weather. It’s the second straight Talladega Cup Series Race to have to finish on a Monday as last year’s playoff race did as well.
Also, in the eight races since we returned to action from a lengthy break due to COVID-19, five of them have been affected to rain.
The second Darlington race had an early rain delay before the race even started and ended about 20 laps prior to the scheduled distance too. The Coca-Cola 600 had an early rain delay not long after the race began. The weeknight Charlotte Race was completely postponed from Wednesday to Thursday. Then, Homestead had a rain delay at the start last Sunday just as we fired engines then had several lightning delays after.
Now, we get this.
I hate to bang the drum again, but this is just another example on why we need to start these races much earlier.