5-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson dodges raindrops before Sunday's race was postponed because of rain.

For fans hoping to catch the 54th running of the Daytona 500, NASCAR has decided to push the start time from Noon EST, to 7 p.m. Monday evening.

Heavy rain over the last two days have plagued the speedway on Florida’s east coast, forcing track crews to work overtime in order to prepare the racing surface for the Great American Race.

Engines will start at 7:02 p.m., NASCAR President Mike Helton said in a tweet.

“While we’re suspending the start from noon to 7 … we’re not suspending our efforts. We’ll be working all day,” Helton wrote.

Roush/Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards is on the pole position for tonight’s race, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts fifth.

NASCAR wants to get the race in tonight to prevent a conflict for teams that must travel to Phoenix for next week’s race.

 

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