A series of heavy rain showers forced NASCAR to postpone the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. The race was rescheduled for Sunday at noon and is on TNT.
The race started on time, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. leading the field to the green flag.
Forecasters called for scattered thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening Saturday, and they were correct. The first big rain-maker swept through at 3 p.m. and another hit the track shortly after 5, leaving the track surface completely soaked.
Jet dryers were out and making progress before another cell hit around 7:15. NASCAR ordered the dryers turned off. This went on a couple of times until NASCAR made the call just after 9.
It takes about two hours to dry the 1.5-mile layout.
Sunday’s forecast is expected to closely resemble the one that caused problems Friday and Saturday at Kentucky. NASCAR could have to dodge storms all afternoon.