Rain delays start at Watkins Glen

Rain has delayed the start of today's Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International, but officials still hope to wave the green flag later this afternoon

Rain delays start at Watkins Glen

For the second week in a row proceedings have been affected in NASCAR's top series, following the postponement of last Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway which was then run on Monday.

More than an hour and a half after the scheduled starting time the rain has stopped falling as drying efforts at the track continue, NASCAR hoping that the cars can finally hit the track later today.

Besides last weekend at Pocono, three other races have been affected by rain this year. The season-opener at Daytona was halted before the scheduled distance was completed, handing victory to Matt Kenseth.

Later in May the Coke 600 was postponed and later stopped early, giving David Reutimann an unexpected first win. In June at New Hampshire rookie Joey Logano scored his maiden Sprint Cup Series victory in similar fashion.

Goodyear brought 600 rain tyres to Watkins Glen this weekend as a precaution but only for the Nationwide Series, which competed in the wet last year for the first time at Montreal.

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