Cup race at Michigan on hold because of rain


The race, originally slated for Sunday, is scheduled for 5 p.m. EST on Monday.

Rain spoiled Sunday afternoon for race fans at Michigan International Speedway hoping to watch NASCAR's top drivers in the FireKeepers Casino 400. Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia, the grand marshal, even gave the command for drivers to start their engines. The rain persisted into Monday morning, but the skies should clear by race time, according to the National Weather Service. But a light rain started to fall while they were warming up and the field was forced back to the pits. The first race that was postponed due to rain was the 11th race of the season, last month's race at Dover International Speedway, the Gander RV 400.

It's the third time a Cup Series race at MIS has been postponed to Monday.

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Team Penske's Joey Logano is set to start this race from the pole position in his #22 Ford alongside Stewart-Haas Racing's Aric Almirola in second in his #10 Ford.

If a driver wins two of the three events, they will be awarded the $50,000 bonus per race and an additional $50,000 to bring their total bonus winnings to $150,000.

Joe Gibbs Racing already has nine victories this season, but Gibbs has only one win in the past 14 races at MI.