NASCAR race rained out
FORT WORTH, Tex.—On a day when the weather was more suitable for ducks than racing, the Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway became NASCAR’s first rainout of the season.
The Robertson family from “Duck Dynasty” had prominent roles at yesterday’s race, called the Duck Commander 500, but Uncle Si never got to give the command to start engines.
The race was to be run today at 11 a.m.—nine hours before the start of the NCAA national championship game in nearby Arlington.
Tony Stewart, making a comeback this season after missing the final four months of last year with a broken leg, will start on the pole.
It’s the third time in seven Sprint Cup Series races this season rain has hampered the event.
The season-opening Daytona 500 was stopped for more than six hours, and the race at Bristol Motor Speedway had two delays totalling more than five hours.
At least the fans who braved the rain got to enjoy the Robertson family antics.
Uncle Si was wearing a sparkly jumpsuit meant to resemble a firesuit. Family patriarch Phil Robertson was supposed to wave the green flag as the honorary starter; his youngest son, Jep, was to ride in a pace car.
Jase Robertson introduced the Top 10 starters while his wife, Missy, sang the national anthem.
Sadie, Willie’s 16-year-old daughter, delivered the invocation.
A steady rain saturated the track yesterday. NASCAR’s new track drying system requires two hours to dry the 1.5-mile speedway, but the unseasonably cool temperatures made the task more difficult.