Rain stops Daytona 500 after 38 laps

It takes 90 minutes for the Daytona track to be completely dried.

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Rain rolled in as forecasted and stopped the 56th running of the Daytona with 38 laps completed.

Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Brian Vickers and Paul Menard hold down the top-five running positions.

To date, yellow flags slowed the race twice for incidents involving rookie Kyle Larson and another for the car of hard-luck driver Martin Truex, Jr. His car lost an oil pump belt.

During the first series of pit stops, Danica Patrick and Marcos Ambrose tangled on pit road and front-runner Matt Kenseth spun when he missed his pit stall.

Also, Jimmie Johnson lost substantial time when his mirror came loose.

As soon as the rain started, track officials rolled out the Air Titan drying equipment and they continue to roll around the track even though the rain fall has intensified. Reportedly, it is not raining just one mile from the track.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Marcos Ambrose , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , Paul Menard , Denny Hamlin , Danica Patrick , Kyle Busch , Kyle Larson
Article type Breaking news
Tags daytona, nascar-cup, rain