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Cup Race at Dover Postponed to Monday

The Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway has been postponed until Monday (May 6) at noon ET.

Inclement weather rolled into Dover early Sunday morning, causing a heavy downpour throughout the early afternoon. Cars were able to get on track for the pace laps but a heavy mist turned into rain. NASCAR quickly called the drivers down pit road and covered them up.

When the green flag flies, Chase Elliott will start from the pole. On Sunday morning, NASCAR announced Martin Truex. Jr., Alex Bowman and Ryan Preece failed pre-race inspection twice, meaning a crew member from each team was ejected from the premises and will serve a 15-minute practice penalty at Kansas Speedway next week. All three drivers will start at the rear of the field.

Matt Tifft‘s No. 36 failed three times, meaning he’ll serve a 30-minute penalty at Kansas and when the green flag flies at Dover, his Ford will serve a pass through penalty under the green flag. Tifft will also start at the rear.

Kevin Harvick is the defending winner of the event. Jimmie Johnson was fastest in final practice, though Kyle Larson had the best 10-lap average.

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A few typical NASCAR fan rants about the race this weekend might go something like this;

“Stupid FOX! What genius thought a rain delay would be a good idea to ‘enhance the show’ and boost ratings?”

“Great! FOX figured out rain delays create an opportunity to run even more commercials.”

“Figures, NASCAR can’t even get the weather right!”

“REAL stock cars would have rain tires and windshield wipers to race in the rain!”

“At least we didn’t have to hear ‘BOOGITY, BOOGITY, BOOGITY’, although it would have been nice to not have to endure the pit walk with Mikey too.”