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FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Postponed Until Monday

Mother Nature 1, NASCAR 0.

Due to persistent rain throughout the day, NASCAR has postponed the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will take place Monday, June 10.

The rescheduled race will air on Fox Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET.

Pre-race ceremonies were completed, the national anthem was sung, and NASCAR sent the cars out for pace laps. The pace car received the one to go single a few times, but Mother Nature had other plans, forcing the cars to return to pit road and keeping the rain coming.

NASCAR repeatedly tried to dry the track, but the weather persisted, and NASCAR had no choice but to postpone the race at 4:30 p.m. ET as it became clear they could not dry the track in time to run a full race in daylight. Michigan does not have lights.

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DoninAjax

Maybe the rain gods still think Brian is in charge. Maybe they think he could be. Lots of rain since Daytona.

rg72

If there was ever even the slightest sliver of doubt as to who is more important to NASCAR, the race-attending fan or television, this eliminated it.

Steve

What does that even mean? Nascar tried to get the race in yesterday and was unsuccessful. The forecast calls for more rain today but set to clear out later in the afternoon. There are plenty of things to gripe about with nascar but this is not one of them.

rg72

Referring to the 5pm start time. Sure it may work for a lot of us not near the track and can catch it on TV. Probably a little tougher to swallow for the people who traveled several hours, even with building a rain day into their schedule.

Bill B

When I saw that 5:00 start time rg72, I thought the same exact thing. If you could hang around until Monday, a 11 AM start time gets the race over by 3 PM which means anyone that lived within 7 hours of the track could be home by 10PM and make it to work on Tuesday. By scheduling the race for 5PM, they pretty much screwed fans with tickets because now they will need to take Tuesday off since they won’t be getting home until after midnight.
On the flip-side I will be interested to see how ratings go. Theoretically a lot more people on the east coast and Midwest might be more likely to watch the race. There are a lot of options for things to do on a Sunday in June…. Monday nights…. not so much. And, viewers can still be in bed by 9:00 for work the next day. As for the west coast, they wouldn’t have been able to watch at 11AM or 5PM EST if they had to work. By showing it after work on the east coast they have “turned a potential Chernobyl into a mere Three Mile Island” (at least for TV viewership).

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