Rain again delays on-track action at Phoenix – Nascar
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AVONDALE, Ariz. — Rain shortened Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, with the next-to-last race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs ending in a red-flag situation after the completion of 219 of 312 laps and with Dale Earnhardt Jr. leading the field — and thereby getting the win.
It was the second delay of the day because of weather conditions — the start of the race was delayed for nearly seven hours. Engines were fired at approximately 9 p.m. ET with the green flag being displayed at 9:27 p.m. ET, putting the event under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway, which underwent a ceremonial race-day name change to Jeff Gordon Raceway to honor the four-time series champion. A competition caution was called at Lap 40.
Earlier Sunday, rain began falling around 1:25 p.m. ET and a fleet of NASCAR Air Titan track dryers began circulating the 1-mile track approximately 20 minutes later as precipitation began to taper off.
The race was initially scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET. Due to the delayed start, race coverage moved to NBCSN. Coverage is also on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Race officials had seven Air Titans; six conventional jet dryers and two vacuum trucks that assisted with the drying process.
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There has been just one rain-shortened race among the 38 premier-series events in the track’s history. NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace prevailed here in October 1998 in a race cut from 312 to 257 laps. The last night race at the track was in 2010.