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NASCAR At Pocono: Rain Stops, Track Drying Commences

The deluge of rain that thoroughly soaked the Pocono Raceway has stopped as of 1:15 p.m., and jet dryers have commenced the task of getting the 2.5-mile track in racing condition fast enough for cars to get at least have a shot to get to halfway before the next heavy cell of weather hits the track.

The track takes two hours to dry, which would put the completion of the process - barring any more rain or any complications such as weepers - at around 3:15 p.m. Without any more rain, the event would hopefully go green shortly therafter.

Once the race finally gets started today, it will likely be a run to try to reach the 80th lap, at which point the race becomes official. If the rain struck at any point after that, the event could be called. If the race is not past its midpoint when the rain strikes and the race could not be resumed today, teams would have to wait until tomorrow to attempt to complete it.

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