- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Daytona could use a dome.

From rain, potholes, soap and fire, the Daytona 500 has had all sorts of delays the last five years.

The latest one came Sunday, with rain shutting down the season opener at Daytona International Speedway only 38 laps into the 200-lap race.

NASCAR said it was hopeful for an 8:30 p.m. start

If not, and the rain keeps coming, then the second Monday race in three years remains in play.

Matt Kenseth won a rain-shortened Daytona 500 in 2009. The 2010 Daytona 500 was interrupted for more than two hours because of a pothole in the track.

Rain forced the 2012 race to be run on a Monday night for the first time. Juan Pablo Montoya slammed into a jet dryer that night, igniting a raging inferno that caused another two-hour delay. Safety workers used Tide laundry detergent to clean up the track.

Fans flocked for shelter Sunday at the track or left for their cars.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning in the area and advised people to take shelter.

Air Titan, the system designed to reduce track drying time, provided the only action on the track.

But there was plenty of fun going on behind the scenes.

Drivers and other personnel hit social media to give a sneak peek of what it’s like to kill time at a soggy Daytona.

Kyle Busch tweeted, “Rain rain go away. Let me lead my way to victory.”

His wife, Samantha, posted a photo of her sticking out her tongue while Kyle frowned with the caption, “Rain delay sad/mad faces w @kyle busch.”

Andrea Perry, who works the public relations account for Ricky Stenhouse Jr’s team, snapped a pic of the Nationwide Series crew lined up inside the hauler on their knee with hands on their heads prepping for a “Tornado drill!!!”

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