Rain delays race Atlanta race to Monday

A steady diet of drizzle that started before the sun came up has delayed the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A persistent rain peppered the race track on and off all day making drying efforts pointless. Despite the rain, NASCAR went...

A steady diet of drizzle that started before the sun came up has delayed the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A persistent rain peppered the race track on and off all day making drying efforts pointless.

Despite the rain, NASCAR went ahead with pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions, but many drivers saw the light escaping back to their motor homes after being greeted by the meager crowd that braved the weather. That left crew guys in the cold as their sweat socks became water-logged and tempers thinned.

A brief break in the rain got the track dryers fired up and the drivers back to their cars, but a steadier, heavier shower began at approximately 2:00 pm EST. Drivers quickly abandoned pit road followed by soggy crew members who began packing up their gear.

With still no word from NASCAR crews, media, and various other personnel meandered a puddle-ridden pit road oft checking weather radar hoping for better news than the massive patch of green lingering over the entire state of Georgia. It never came.

Finally, at 4:00 pm EST, NASCAR made the determination that trying to get the race in today was futile. It has been rescheduled for Monday morning at 11:00 am. The race will be broadcast on FX.

Sadly, weather radar looks bleak for a Monday run of NASCAR's fourth Cup race of the 2006 season; a heavy band of rain and wind stretches from Texas through Georgia. Forecasters are calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms door-to-door on Monday.

Worst case scenario: NASCAR will run give it another go on Tuesday, when the weather is predicted to be decidedly better.

Whenever the Golden Corral 500 gets underway, Kasey Kahne and the No. 9 Evernham Dodge team will take the field to the green flag. He will be joined on the front row by outside pole sitter Ryan Newman.

Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte and JJ Yeley complete the top five starters.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Bobby Labonte , Ryan Newman , Kasey Kahne