Texas Cup Race Pushed Back Until Monday
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas – Wet-and-cold weather barely fit for waterfowl, much less NASCAR racing, forced postponement of Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The seventh race of the Sprint Cup Series season has been rescheduled for Monday, with the green flag now set to drop at 11 a.m. (CDT). The race will be broadcast live on FOX as well as PRN radio beginning at 11.
Gates, suites, the Victory Lane Club as well as the Cup garage will open at 9 a.m. There will be no pre-race activities, including driver introductions, prior to the start. Fans with Sunday Duck Commander tickets can use the same ticket for admission into Monday’s event. Fans interested in attending Monday’s rescheduled race can purchase tickets at Gate 4 beginning at 9 a.m.
Team-owner and three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart will start from the pole after qualifying his No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS in 27.628-seconds/195.454 mph on Saturday. Stewart will start alongside 2102 Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who hot-lapped at 27.633-seconds/195.419 mph in the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion.
This marks just the third time in Texas Motor Speedway’s 18-year history that the Cup Series race will be run on Monday due to inclement weather. The first occasion was on April 8, 2002, an event won by Matt Kenseth. The most recent Monday event was run on April 19, 2010, when both the Cup and Nationwide Series races were contested on the same day. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin (Cup) and Kyle Busch (Nationwide) ended their days in Victory Lane.
Busch scored his first Cup win at TMS in this event last spring, leading 171 of 334 laps in his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry. Busch will start Monday’s race from the 29th position.
The rainout also delayed TMS’ official introduction of “Big Hoss TV” to NASCAR Nation. However, the world’s largest high-definition LED video board did provide fans in the grandstands and in the infield camping grounds with weather updates and the status of pre-race activities throughout the long delay.
NASCAR and TMS used a contingent of track-drying vehicles in an attempt to get the high-banked, 1.5-mile quadoval ready for the scheduled 334-lap/501-mile event. Unfortunately, the only laps recorded Sunday were by five state-of-the-art Air Titan 2 trucks, three Air Titans, six jet trucks…with TMS’ famed Texas Tire Monster on stand-by.
The rain also forced cancellation of the No Limits Garage Party presented by WinStar World Casino & Resort scheduled for the Nationwide Series garage, Racing with Faith and an outdoor tweet-up with Cup driver Clint Bowyer of Michael Waltrip Racing.No Comment