Rain stops play at Atlanta finale

NASCAR officials gave Mother Nature her due and postponed Atlanta's NAPA 500, the final round of the NASCAR Winston Cup, until Monday, November 20, at 10:15 a.m. EST (15:15 GMT).

Rain stops play at Atlanta finale

Heavy rains in the Southeast of the United States were not due to move out of the Atlanta area until late on Sunday evening. NASCAR waited until 2:30pm local time to call the postponement, but finally succumbed after long-term weather forecasts confirmed the deluge would last into the evening.

The Atlanta race has a recent history of weather delays and postponements, but with the championship already tied-up in Bobby Labonte's favour, a 24-hour delay is unlikely to cause too many frayed nerves.

Jeff Gordon is on pole position for the race, with his Hendrick Motorsports team mate Jerry Nadeau alongside. Outgoing Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett lines up third.

The ARCA Georgia Boot 400, postponed from Saturday, will take place immediately following the NASCAR Winston Cup Series finale.

A full report from the NAPA 500 will appear on Autosport.com after the completion of Monday's race.

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