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Texas Rainout

19 April 2010

FORT WORTH, Texas—For the second time in as many days, rain wiped out all on-track activity at Texas Motor Speedway, forcing postponement of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series races until Monday.

The Samsung Mobile 500 Cup race will start at noon ET. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide race, originally scheduled for Saturday, will follow at 5 p.m. ET.

Only one previous Cup race at TMS had to be run on Monday. Matt Kenseth won the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 on Monday, April 8, 2002. The only other time NASCAR has started races totaling 800 miles on the same day was Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Charlotte.

Tony Stewart will lead the field to the green flag in the Cup event. Joey Logano starts from the pole in the Nationwide race that follows. Fifteen drivers are entered in both races.

NASCAR will call a competition caution on Lap 25 of the Cup race to check tire wear, a concern now that two days of rain have washed previous rubber build-up from the racing surface.

“We'll just see how it goes from the start,” said Ryan Newman, who won April 10 at Phoenix. “They'll have the competition caution to make changes to the car early, if we need to adjust to the green racetrack.”

For former Cup champion Bill Elliott, who runs a limited schedule for Wood Brothers Racing, losing practice time on Saturday was more critical than having Sunday's race postponed.

“What's unfortunate for us is unloading and only doing a handful of qualifying runs and then start the race from dead scratch,” said Elliott, who hasn't raced since March 7 at Atlanta. “This is the first race for us with the rear spoiler (which replaced the rear wing on NASCAR's Cup car March 28 at Martinsville), so we're way behind the eight ball.”

Tickets for both races will be honored, and track president Eddie Gossage urged attendees to “be friends” when working out seating arrangements, in case of duplication.


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