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Daytona 500 2012: Starting Time Delayed By Rain

The 2012 Daytona 500 is not starting on time on Sunday afternoon due to rain, as discussed by SB Nation's Jeff Gluck. He says that the rain began around 10:30 a.m. this morning and hasn't stopped yet, with it takes roughly two hours for the track to dry out.

That means that NASCAR's announced start time of 1:29 p.m. EST won't be a reality, as the weather has to clear up before conditions on the track can even improve. This means that we likely won't have live racing for a while, but Gluck notes that Daytona is equipped with lights, so fans could be treated to a primetime finish for this year's Daytona 500.

Gluck also adds that the Daytona 500 has never been delayed by rain before in its 53-year history, but that could partially be explained by the race's unusually late date. This year's race was pushed back to avoid any conflicts with the Super Bowl.

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