After 20 Laps, Daytona 500 Postponed Until Monday at 4 p.m. ET

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — Usually it’s the July race that is affected by rain at the Daytona International Speedway. Unfortunately, mother nature has reared her ugly head during the 2020 edition of Daytona Speedweeks.

For the third time in four days, a race was affected by rain — this time though, the race was postponed until a completely different day.

Sunday’s 62nd Running of the Daytona 500 saw just 20 laps run before rain ended any chances of racing again, which for the first time since 2012, will see the Daytona 500 run on a Monday. These are the only two times in the 62 year history that the race was postponed until a Monday.

The 2012 race was resumed at 7 p.m. ET but this year’s will resume on Lap 21 at 4 p.m. ET due to the teams having to travel to Las Vegas, the site of the second race of the season, on Tuesday.

Teams will go from Daytona Beach to Charlotte to Las Vegas in a span of 24 hours.

The race was delayed by 62 minutes as green flag was slated to be 3:18 p.m. ET but rain started to fall just as the pace car was getting ready to pull off the 2.5-mile superspeedway for the field of 40 to take the green flag to start the Great American Race.

The field would pull down pit lane under red flag conditions a lap later and it would remain that way until getting the green flag at 4:20 p.m. ET.

The race would only run 20 laps before rain began to fall yet again. The track would nearly get 100-percent dried before rain fell again and ended the race for the night.

The teams got so far as to take the car covers off and tell the drivers to be near them before rain poured on the Florida race track for the final time of the day.

In the racing action, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started on the pole and led the first 20 laps. Six Fords will restart behind him while the Toyota’s all moved to the back of the pack to run 31-32-33-34-35. Clint Bowyer also maneuvered his way to the back and will restart 36th.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were the toast of the town when Air Force One landed at the airport behind the race track just after 1 p.m. ET. President Trump, addressed the sold out crowd of over 150,000+ spectators briefly following driver intros before giving the command to start the engines shortly after.

During the rain delay, President Trump and the First Lady flew out of Daytona and back to another location on their agenda.

The Daytona 500 was shortened due to rain four times (1965, 1966, 2003, 2009) and shortened to 179 laps in 1974 due to an energy crisis. The Coke Zero Sugar 400 was postponed to the next day twice (2014, 2019) including just last July and rain shortened three times (1996, 2014, 2019).

Monday’s Information

11 a.m. ET – Parking Lots Open

1 p.m. ET – Gates Open

4 p.m. ET – FOX/MRN Coverage Begins

4:05 p.m. ET – Green Flag to resume the 62nd Running of the Daytona 500

Running Order at Lap 20 of 200

  1. 47 Stenhouse Jr.
  2. 22 Logano
  3. 10 Almirola
  4.  6 Newman
  5.  4 Harvick
  6.  2 Keselowski
  7. 24 Byron
  8. 48 Johnson
  9. 13 TDillon
  10. 66 Hill
  11. 36 Ragan
  12. 17 Buescher
  13. 21 DiBenedetto
  14.  9 Elliott
  15. 77 Chastain
  16. 88 Bowman
  17. 42 Larson
  18.  1 KuBusch
  19.  3 ADillon
  20. 41 Custer R
  21. 34 McDowell
  22.  8 Reddick R
  23. 12 Blaney
  24. 43 Wallace Jr.
  25. 27 Sorenson
  26. 52 McLeod
  27. 32 LaJoie
  28. 62 Gaughan
  29. 37 Preece
  30. 16 Haley
  31. 19 Truex Jr.
  32. 18 KyBusch
  33. 20 Jones
  34. 95 Bell R
  35. 11 Hamlin
  36. 14 Bowyer
  37. 38 Nemechek
  38. 00 Houff
  39. 51 Gase
  40. 15 Poole R

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