published Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Rain postpones NASCAR race at Watkins Glen

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    Crew members push Paul Menard's car back to the garage after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen auto race was postponed due to rain in Watkins Glen, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/ David Boe)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International has been postponed because of rain and rescheduled for Monday.

A thunderstorm hit the track about 2 p.m. Sunday when drivers were about to start their engines. The course takes at least two hours to dry. Rain was still falling at 4 p.m, making it too late to complete the 90-lap event before sunset.

The track stretches nearly 2 1/2 miles around 11 turns and has several elevation changes.

NASCAR rescheduled the race for noon Monday. Last week’s race at Pocono also was moved to Monday because of rain.

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