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.

 

Kevin Harvick was behind Junior in second place, followed by Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

 

With the race called due to inclement weather, Jeff Gordon, Harvick, Busch and Martin Truex Jr. advanced to the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

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.

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