The 54th running of the Daytona 500 is finally underway.
For the first time in NASCAR history, the Sprint Cup Series is running a Monday night primetime race thanks to a postponement of the race on Sunday – which was also unprecedented.
Leonard Wood of the Wood Brothers Racing team fame gave the command to fire engines – "Lady and gentlemen, start your engines!" he said – at 7:01 p.m. EST. That was nearly 32 hours after the originally scheduled start time.
And then finally, after the two-month offseason, pole-sitter Carl Edwards took the green flag at 7:14 p.m.
The Daytona 500 was supposed to begin shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, but rain ruined those plans. NASCAR postponed the race to noon Monday, but the persistent bad weather forced officials to try again at 7 p.m.
The radar looks mostly clear now, and forecasters expect NASCAR will get all 500 miles in tonight.