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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 for 6 hours, 22 minutes.
The race resumed under the lights with 162 laps left in the 200-lap race. It needed to hit 100 laps (halfway) to become official.
If not, and rain resumes, then the second Monday race in three years remains in play.
The “The Great American Race” has become more known for its lapses than laps or leaders.
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.”
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