NASCAR Cup Series drivers will have to wait another day to complete the playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.
The field was able to complete the opening stage of the 1000bulbs.com 500 Sunday at theÂ 2.666-mile trackÂ â NASCAR’s largestÂ â before rain hit the area. NASCAR threw the red flag shortly before 3 p.m. ET and directed cars down pit road on lap 57.Â
Drivers exited their vehicles and the cars were covered as track dryers attempted to dry the superspeedway, but the rain never let up enough to resume the race. Talladega does not have lights, so racing at night was not an option.
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The race will resume Monday at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local) on NBCSN, with the beginning of Stage 2. The race does not become official until two stages are complete.
With help from his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, William Byron took the opening stage and earned a playoff point as he tries to clinch a berth in the Round of 8. Four Hendrick Chevrolets swept the top four spots in Saturday’s qualifying and three â Byron, Alex Bowman and Jimmie Johnson â finished in the top seven of the first segment.
Team Penkse’s Joey Logano took second, followed by Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brad Keselowski. Last week’s winner Kyle Larson came home sixth, and Johnson, DanielÂ Suarez, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top 10.