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NASCAR At Richmond: Gully Washer To At Least Delay Start Of Federated Auto Parts 400

A downpour from the same cell that has got the Braves and Mets in a holding pattern in Flushing, New York right now will at least delay the start of this evening's Chase for the Sprint Cup cutoff at Richmond International Raceway. The .75-mile speedway is completely drenched, and it will take an hour for the track to be dried once it stops a-pourin'.

On the positive side, NASCAR weather guru Brian Neudorff just tweeted that he sees an increased possibility that the cars will get on the track tonight. That's a good sign considering the realistic-not-optimistic view Brian has had pretty much all week and up through today.

If the race does not get underway tonight, it will begin at 1 p.m. tomorrow afternoon on ESPN, rather than its scheduled spot on ABC here this evening. Whether it starts tonight or tomorrow, the green race track will throw drivers and crew chiefs for a loop as they try to compensate for all the grip they had all weekend that has been washed out to Williamsburg by now. It will certainly make for an interesting race, especially for the drivers seeking the 12th Chase spot.

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