Rain Forces Coca-Cola 600 Delay
By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Concord, N.C. – The 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway will have to wait until Memorial Day. The green flag is set to fly at noon, with FOX carrying the broadcast.
Persistent rain throughout the afternoon on Sunday forced officials to make the call at about 8:30 p.m.
At one point it looked as if the race would at least get under way. The pre-race festivities were completed and the track was nearly dry when the day’s heaviest rains passed over the track.
Elton Sawyer, competition director at Red Bull Racing, said Sunday’s rainout wasn’t as problematic for race teams as it might have been at some other track.
“Financially, it’s not a big deal because we’re here,” he said. “It’s local, and everybody is staying at home anyway.”
He said that if the race runs as scheduled on Monday, teams can meet their timetables for getting cars and crews to Dover for next weekend’s races.
“The worst part is tomorrow is a holiday, and everyone wants to be on the lake,” he said.