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Daytona 500 Update: Race Has Never Been Postponed An Entire Day In 50-Plus Years

The Daytona 500 has suffered through some delays these last couple of hours due to inclement weather and there are rumors the race could be pushed back another day or two. If that’s the case, then it will be the first time in the race’s 50+ year history. While the storied event has been delayed before, it’s never been set back so far that they couldn’t eventually run the race on the day it was announced.

“The Daytona International Speedway has every drying piece of machinery they’ve got across the country here today,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said, “because we know that the fans at home and the fans here in Daytona want to see the race run, and we do, too. The sooner, the better.”

From the press release, “The Daytona 500, which began in 1959, has never been pushed back to the next day because of inclement weather or any other reason. It has been shortened by weather four times, most recently in 2009 when Matt Kenseth was the winner of the race.”

More announcements to come around 3pm CT.