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The NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway is scheduled to take place on Monday afternoon instead of Sunday afternoon due to rain.
Yet again, a spring trip to Dover Motor Speedway did not go according to plan for the NASCAR Cup Series. The Wurth 400 was scheduled to take place on Sunday afternoon, but it was postponed until Monday afternoon as a result of rain.
Five of the last six scheduled spring races at the four-turn, 1.0-mile (1.609-kilometer) high-banked oval in Dover, Delaware haven’t taken place as scheduled.
The 2018 race was halted briefly due to rain. While the pace laps happened in 2019, the race never got started before being postponed to Monday. In 2020, COVID-19-related restrictions pushed the race back to the summer.
In 2021, believe it or not, the race actually ran completely as scheduled on Sunday. But then last year, only a handful of laps were run on Sunday before it was suspended and finished on Monday.
This year’s 400-lap spring race was initially scheduled for 2:11 p.m. ET on Sunday, but NASCAR moved up the start time by one hour to 1:11 p.m. ET in an attempt to find a window to get the event in without any interruption due to poor weather.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast was not promising, and NASCAR made the early decision to push the race back to Monday afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET.
The Dover race is still set to be shown live on Fox Sports 1 as opposed to regular Fox, beginning a stretch of NASCAR Cup Series races on FS1.
The usual Fox broadcast team is still set to call the race, with Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the booth. Set to replace Tony Stewart and join them as this week’s guest analyst is Rusty Wallace.
Nine of the season’s first 11 races, including the Busch Light Clash at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, were broadcast live on Fox. The two exceptions were the recent races at Richmond Raceway on Sunday, April 2 and Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, April 16.
But the next four, including the All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway on Sunday, May 21, are all set to be shown live on Fox Sports 1. The next race on Fox is scheduled to take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28.
Kansas Speedway is scheduled to host a race on Sunday, May 7, and Darlington Raceway is scheduled to host a race on Sunday, May 14.
As far as today’s race goes, Richard Childress Racing’s Kyle Busch is set to start from the pole position after Saturday morning’s qualifying session was rained out and the metric which is usually used to set the qualifying order set the starting lineup.
The Wurth 400 should be able to run its full distance this afternoon, since there is only a 5% chance of rain, according to The Weather Channel. The forecast calls for a “mostly cloudy” day at the track.
Tune in to Fox Sports 1 at 12:00 p.m. ET this afternoon for the live broadcast of the Wurth 400 from Dover Motor Speedway. Begin a trial of FuboTV today and watch for free!