Dover Cup race postponed to Monday

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NASCAR postponed the remainder of the DuraMAX Drydene 400 to Monday, after rain halted the Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway on Lap 79. It didn’t let up and more cells followed it on the radar.

It’ll restart Monday at noon. FOX Sports 1 will carry the television broadcast, while MRN and SiriusXM carry the radio broadcast.

Raindrops fell on the track, shortly after the Lap 46 restart and steadily picked up for the next 20 laps. Which forced NASCAR to throw a caution on Lap 67. It let up enough, momentarily, that NASCAR went through the choose rule procedure and were a lap away from restarting on Lap 77.

Then it picked up, again.

Finally, NASCAR told the drivers to get into a single file line, brought them down pit road and red-flagged the race on Lap 79.

The air titans ran laps around Dover to dry the track, but the rain intensified. At 4:35 p.m., NASCAR told the air titans to shut down and seek cover.

At 5:29, the other shoe dropped. NASCAR postponed.

Dover Cup race postponed to Monday

What to know for NASCAR postponed race

DOVER, Del. – MAY 1: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Chevrolet, looks on from under an umbrella during a rain delay in the NASCAR Cup Series DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne at Dover Motor Speedway on May 1, 2022, in Dover, Delaware. Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Kyle Larson will lead the field to green, Monday, after he and six other drivers stayed out, while the rest of the field pitted on Lap 75. Denny Hamlin, who’s led the most laps so far at 55, will restart eighth. Chris Buescher, who led the first 18 after winning the pole, will restart 13th.

Along with the Lap 67 caution for rain, NASCAR threw a competition caution on Lap 41.

Twenty-nine cars are currently on the lead lap. Four are one lap down, one is three laps down and two are five-down.

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