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Rain delays start of Daytona 500

"[Daytona] has every drying piece of machinery they've got across the country here," said Helton. "We know that the fans at home and the fans here in Daytona want to see the race run, and we do, too."

There is no official curfew or cut-off time for racing at Daytona, which has full floodlighting for the track that enables races to be held after dark. However, out of consideration for the fans, local residents and regional authorities, NASCAR says it would not want to push the finish of the race much beyond 10pm ET.

If the weather fronts in the region stall then there is a real risk of the race being forced onto Tuesday, which would start to jeopardise the running of next weekend's Cup event at Phoenix.



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