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Daytona 500 Postponed Till Noon Monday

Rain has pushed the 54th-annual Daytona 500 until noon Monday. It is the first-ever postponement of the race in it's history.

NASCAR had made a strong effort to get the 2.5-mile Superspeedway dried, but another strong cell of weather struck just before 5 p.m. and drenched the track once more. The forecast for Monday does not look especially promising, and NASCAR's biggest event could potentially find itself run Tuesday.

The only on-track action was the work of jet dryers and other vehicles to attempt to dry the racing surface, meaning cars have not seen the track since Saturday's hour and 30-mnute practice session. A few teams elected to sit that practice out, meaning they haven't driven since Friday.

In it's 53-year history, the race had been shortened by rain on four occasions. Most recently in 2009, Matt Kenseth had taken the lead just seconds before a downpour struck and gave the Roush-Fenway Racing team its first victory in NASCAR's crown jewel.

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