The start time for today's Daytona 500 – which has already been postponed a day – is set to be pushed back further, as rain continues to fall at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR had rescheduled its biggest race for noon ET today after persistent rain washed out the Daytona 500 for the first time in its 54-year history on Sunday.
But with rain still in the area, it's extremely unlikely the race will begin before this evening. SB Nation meteorologist Brian Neudorff wrote in his latest forecast that the rain could let up around 4-6 p.m. local time, which could make for a 6-8 p.m. start time (it takes two hours to dry the track).
My Probability of Racing & Times: Noon (less than 20%) 2-4pm (30-40%) 4-6pm (50%) 6-8pm (better than 70%) #NASCAR all times ET— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) February 27, 2012
While the actual start time remains to be seen, this much is clear: The race will not begin at noon. The track is still completely soaked, the jet dryers are not running, and I can see rain falling outside the press box windows.
So if you're at work, stay there. There's no need to fake an illness or call out sick today because it's looking like we could have some Monday Night NASCAR in Daytona.
I promise to keep you updated here and via Twitter (@jeff_gluck) about if, and when, NASCAR will race today.
Here's a picture of what Daytona looks like right now: