The Daytona 500, the final race of the NASCAR season, was postponed until Monday because of heavy rain. With one week left until the Super Bowl, the NFL is threatening to change the matchup to Sunday if a jump ball is not thrown on Saturday's coin toss.

Baseball is forcing its players to take Sunday off if rain is in the forecast. At least that will make up some days in the upcoming schedule, while this race was supposed to end a week ago.

Three years ago, NASCAR took the field with a rain delay on the Saturday before the main event. The closest thing to a weather delay this year is a potentially rainy Sunday, when rain could fall with the track drying.

Speedway officials are replacing anything that breaks because of rain with seats for the fans who are waiting. They're also trying to remove all debris, which includes dry-erase boards and mirrors that have fallen from the roof of the grandstand.

"They want us to do whatever we can to make their day go back," track President Joie Chitwood III said.

The green flag will be waving at noon.

The Daytona 500, the second race of the NASCAR season, has typically been able to be run in the morning because there's always the bonus of temperatures being in the mid- to high 60s and no major thunderstorms. That might be a problem on Sunday.

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Drivers will get a chance to push race eliminations for the Indy Lights Series in order to keep normal cars on the track. Indy Lights will race Saturday night at Long Beach Speedway. The Indy Lights race will be set in Long Beach Circuit Championship qualifying at 8 p.m. Saturday, followed by Indy Lights Main Event Qualifying at 8:20 p.m. and Main Event at 9:55 p.m.

A.J. Foyt Racing will be running an open-wheel version of the Indianapolis 500. Jamie McMurray is returning to partner with team owner Bobby Rahal and Fernando Alonso will be a full-time driver for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2019.

McMurray is part of the 2019 Foyt team that will enter four open-wheel cars next year. The series will feature an Indy Lights class along with an IndyCar open-wheel class.

The five-time Indianapolis 500 winner returns after three years away from racing in Foyt's Indy car. Foyt said this week that Alonso, who won the 2014 Formula One title, will go from focusing on Formula One to competing in NASCAR's full schedule.


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