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Persistent Rain Postpones Daytona 500 until Monday Afternoon

By David Morgan, Associate Editor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Rain, rain, go away.

The 66th running of the Daytona 500 will have to wait 24 hours after inclement weather that has had a stranglehold on the Daytona Beach are for the majority of the weekend will not be relenting anytime soon, forcing NASCAR to postpone the race to a 4:00 pm ET start on Monday.

The Daytona 500 postponement joins the NASCAR Xfinity Series race that had already been moved from Saturday to Monday, setting up a doubleheader to kick off the 2024 season – the first ever in the history of the Daytona International Speedway.

When the green flag drops, 2015 Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano and 2021 Daytona 500 champion Michael McDowell will lead the field to the start, followed by Duel winners Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell.

The remainder of the top-10 starters will be Chase Elliott, Austin Cindric, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Carson Hocevar, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., the defending winner of the Daytona 500, will start in 35th.

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David Morgan is the Associate Editor for Motorsports Tribune. A 2008 graduate from the University of Mississippi, David has followed NASCAR since the early 90’s and became hooked at an early age after attending his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993. He has traveled across the country since 2012 to cover some of the most prestigious events both IndyCar and NASCAR have to offer, with an aim to only expand on that in the near future.