Weather postpones NASCAR race at Talladega

AP photo by John Bazemore / NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie's car is covered as inclement weather rolls in before the Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Thunderstorms forced NASCAR to postpone its Cup Series race Sunday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway, where the presence of more fans was to be the next step in auto racing's return amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Up to 5,000 fans - all from the state of Alabama and within 150 miles of the track - were to be allowed at Talladega, but those in the grandstands were urged to seek shelter roughly 30 minutes before the scheduled start, leading to a two-plus hour wait that ended with NASCAR rescheduling for 3 p.m. EDT Monday. Fox will televise the race.

NASCAR allowed 1,000 fans, mostly military members and their families, to attend last weekend's rain-disrupted Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in South Florida. The event was stopped several times for more than three hours of total delays before Denny Hamlin earned the 40th win of his career on the top-tier circuit.