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Daytona 500 2012: Race Postponed By Rain To Monday Noon Start Time

In an unprecedented move, the 2012 Daytona 500 will be postponed due to rain and rescheduled for a noon ET start time on Monday. Although the race has been shortened due to rain in the past, this is the first postponement in the 54-year history of the race. The race is set to start at noon on Monday, but the weather remains a bit iffy for Monday as well, potentially creating all sorts of havoc.

This is the ninth time rain has played any sort of havoc with the race. The most recent was in 2009 when the race was shortened to 152 laps (380 miles). In 2003 the race was shortened to only 109 laps (272.5 miles) due to rain.

According to SB Nation contributor and meteorologist Brian Neudorff, the rain could continue Monday afternoon, leading to the possibility of a Monday evening race. It is also worth noting that the race is a week later than normal this year. The race was bumped back due to the possibility of an 18-game NFL schedule pushing the Super Bowl into mid-February. If the race had been run like normal, it would have been last weekend when it was warm and sunny in Daytona Beach. One more thing to blame on the NFL lockout!