Sep 19, 2011
JOLIET, Ill. -- After battling a persistent rain for six hours past the originally scheduled start time Sunday, the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway was postponed until noon ET Monday. The race will be televised on ESPN.
This is the first race in the history of the Chase to be postponed and moved to Monday. There has only been one Chase race that was cut short due to weather -- the 2007 race at Kansas. That race went 210 of the scheduled 267 laps with Greg Biffle declared the winner.
Officials had moved the originally scheduled start time up 15 minutes to 2:03 p.m. ET. Speaking at about 3:20 p.m. ET, roughly one hour and 20 minutes after the adjusted scheduled start of the race, NASCAR president Mike Helton talked about attempting to wait out the rain over the long haul.
The race was officially postponed as of 8:03 p.m. ET.
It was the second time in the past three Sprint Cup races that rain has interfered with the originally scheduled start. The race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, set for a Sunday night on Sept. 4, was postponed until the following Tuesday morning before it could be run.