NASCAR Talladega Start Time Delayed By Rain

The start time for today's NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway will be about 45 minutes later than originally scheduled due to a wet racetrack from some morning storms that rolled through the area.

Thunder and lightning were in the area as heavy rain poured on the Alabama track up until 10 a.m. local time. Since it takes a little more than two hours to dry the track, NASCAR pushed back the driver introductions to 12:15 local time (1:15 Eastern).

Since that's 45 minutes later than scheduled, it stands to reason the Aaron's 499 will begin at approximately 2:05 p.m. Eastern – providing no more rain hits the track.

There are no lights at Talladega, but daylight savings time should allow plenty of time to get the 500-mile race in the books (and yes, it is 500 miles despite the "499" name) if the weather stays out of the area.

We'll keep you posted on the start time here, or you can follow @jeff_gluck on Twitter for more immediate updates.

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