Cup Series race at Daytona pushed to Sunday by rain

AP photo by David Graham / Track workers attempt to clear some of the water off of the infield grass as rain falls Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale was postponed to Sunday morning because of the weather.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Saturday night's NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway was rained out and rescheduled for Sunday.

The 400-mile race, the regular-season finale that will decide the last two playoff spots, will now begin at 10 a.m. and be televised by CNBC. Weather forecasts call for a 40% chance of rain in the morning, increasing to 70% in the afternoon.

Fifteen drivers remain in the hunt for the postseason. Two spots are still open, although one of them will go to Ryan Blaney or Martin Truex Jr. Aric Almirola, Chris Buescher, Harrison Burton, Cole Custer, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Todd Gilliland, Justin Haley, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Bubba Wallace need to win to get into the 16-driver playoff field.

Blaney and Truex can advance without winning at Daytona.