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NASCAR Heluva Good! at The Glen Postponed By Rain

The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen has been postponed by persistent rains at the upsate-New York race track.

This is the first postponement of the 2011 season. It is the also the second time in three years that rain has pushed a race at Watkins Glen International to Monday. Tony Stewart won in 2009 for his record fifth victory at the picturesque road course.

The event will be seen on ESPN at 10 a.m, weather permitting. The forcast for tomorrow calls for a 60% chance of rain, while Tuesday's forcast has only a 20% chance of rain. Traditionally Tuesday is the latest NASCAR will attempt to run a race before postponing it to a later date. With no off-weekends remaining in the 2011 season, the race likely would become the last race of the year in such a situation.

The last time a Sprint Cup race was moved to a later weekend for rain was May 1997, when the Winston 500 at Talladega was postponed two weeks and run on Mother's Day Weekend.  A year later, the Pepsi 400 at Daytona was moved from July to October because of wildfires that ravaged Florida in the summer of 1998. The September 16, 2001 race at Loudon was moved to November in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.