Michigan NASCAR Cup race postponed to Monday by rain

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan has been postponed until Monday following persistent light rain that left cars unable to complete more than a handful of formation laps.

The race, which was due to begin at 2pm local time on Sunday, has been pushed back to 5pm on Monday.

NASCAR attempted to begin it an hour after the scheduled start having carried intensive track drying efforts when the rain eased.

But drivers began reporting more rainfall during the formation laps and the start was called off.

With the weather worsening, the decision to try again on Monday was made just under three hours after the race had been due to start.

It is the second time this season that a Cup race has been postponed due to the weather, following the race at Dover that was eventually won by Martin Truex Jr.

The Michigan race will feature a competition caution mid-way through stage one, owing to the track surface being ‘green’ following the rain.

Reigning Cup champion Joey Logano will start on pole position for Team Penske, alongside Stewart-Haas driver Aric Almirola as Ford locked out eight of the top 10 starting positions on the two-mile circuit.

Starting grid

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 38.474s
2 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 38.493s 0.019s
3 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 38.522s 0.048s
4 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.526s 0.052s
5 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 38.549s 0.075s
6 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 38.573s 0.099s
7 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 38.590s 0.116s
8 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 38.605s 0.131s
9 Daniel Suarez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 38.612s 0.138s
10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 38.620s 0.146s
11 Daniel Hemric Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 38.632s 0.158s
12 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 38.639s 0.165s
13 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 38.661s 0.187s
14 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.705s 0.231s
15 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.714s 0.240s
16 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 38.714s 0.240s
17 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 38.732s 0.258s
18 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 38.792s 0.318s
19 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 38.793s 0.319s
20 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 38.878s 0.404s
21 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 38.925s 0.451s
22 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 38.927s 0.453s
23 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 38.927s 0.453s
24 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 38.963s 0.489s
25 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 39.030s 0.556s
26 Matt Tifft Front Row Motorsports Ford 39.040s 0.566s
27 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 39.122s 0.648s
28 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 39.191s 0.717s
29 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota 39.271s 0.797s
30 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 39.274s 0.800s
31 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 39.296s 0.822s
32 Corey LaJoie Go FAS Racing Ford 39.401s 0.927s
33 Kyle Weatherman Petty Ware Racing Ford 39.801s 1.327s
34 Josh Bilicki Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 40.177s 1.703s
35 Quin Houff Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 40.271s 1.797s
36 Garrett Smithley Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 40.435s 1.961s

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