The AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway got started as scheduled – or rescheduled – this morning as the track was dried in time for an 11:10 a.m. local start.
Clint Bowyer led the first lap over pole-sitter Kasey Kahne, followed by Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers. A competition caution is scheduled for lap 30.
Only a few thousand fans appeared to be in the stands at the start of the race, which was originally scheduled to run on Sunday night. After rain ruined those plans, NASCAR moved the race to Tuesday morning due to Tropical Storm Lee sweeping through on Monday night.
One interesting note: Dave Blaney developed kidney stones on Monday and swapped seats with Mike Skinner. Why? Because Skinner was planning to start-and-park and Blaney's Tommy Baldwin Racing team is planning to run the whole race.
Drivers noted a high level of grip at the start of the race, since all the rubber had been washed off by the storm.