Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at MI postponed until Monday

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at MI postponed until Monday

Johnny Sauter, driver of the #13 Tenda Heal Ford, drives with Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 06, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The cars got on the track about an hour after the original 2:00 p.m. start time.

Last year's June race at MI was shortened by rain, but it ended on Sunday as planned. The race never began Sunday, and the postponement was announced after a delay of about 2½ hours from the scheduled start time.

The race was postponed to 5 p.m. on Monday. But a light rain started to fall while they were warming up and the field was forced back to the pits.


The race is scheduled for 400 miles and 200 laps, but it may not go that long. Kevin Harvick won the August Cup race at MIS.

Ford dominated qualifying with eight of the top-10 qualifiers, including pole sitter Joey Logano and fellow front-row qualifier Aric Almirola.

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia, the race's grand marshal, gave the command for drivers to start their engines, but the race wasn't able to start after that. NASCAR could have theoretically started the race as late as 6 p.m. or so and still gotten it in, but the weather radar looked bad, and officials called the race around 4:30 p.m. ET. All drivers earning series points are eligible and drivers who win one of the three races receive a $50,000 bonus. Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer won the two Cup races at MIS previous year.

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