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Rain Halts NASCAR Cup Series Race at Dover, Scheduled to Resume Monday at Noon ET

DOVER, DELAWARE – MAY 01: Chris Buescher, driver of the #17 Fastenal Ford, leads the field to start the NASCAR Cup Series DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne at Dover Motor Speedway on May 01, 2022 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

NASCAR has confirmed that Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event from Dover Motor Speedway has been postponed, due to the persistence of inclement weather.

The DuraMAX Drydene 400 – which has only completed 78 of the scheduled 400 laps — will instead resume on Monday, May 2nd at Noon / ET. Coverage of the event will remain on FOX Sports 1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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Despite the looming threat of rain, Sunday’s 400-mile event was able to start at its scheduled time, marching forward until the rain arrived at the one-mile facility at Lap 69, forcing the second caution of the afternoon.

NASCAR worked dilligently to try and restart the race, going as far as giving the one-to-go signal – likely as an attempt to push closer to the ‘official point’ of the event at Lap 200 — but the rain fought back even harder, forcing the red flag to be displayed at Lap 78.

After 78 of 400 laps, Kyle Larson – using a strategy call to stay on the track under the race’s second caution — holds the lead of the race.

Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Aric Almirola all chose a simiar strategy, which will present them with the top-seven positions when the race restarts.

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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