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Daytona 500 2012: Race Officially Postponed

NASCAR fans will have to wait one more day for the start of the Daytona 500, as torrential rain throughout the day has led to the postponement of the race until tomorrow at noon. With the safety concerns that come with running on a damp track, NASCAR decided it would be best to officially postpone the race until tomorrow, although there is potential rain in the forecast.

This will be the first time that the Daytona 500 has been pushed back to a Monday start in the 53-year history of the race. The race has been shortened four times because of rainy weather, with the most recent being in 2009 when Michael Waltrip won the abbreviated race.

When the race finally begins, Carl Edwards will be on the pole, while Tony Stewart will start in the third position. Plenty of attention will be on Danica Patrick, who will start 29th.

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