Daytona 500 Weather: NASCAR Smart to Push Postponed Race to Primetime

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Crew members move the #16 3M Ford down pit lane to facilitate track drying during a rain delay for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Rain, rain go away—we want to race today.

For the first time in the Daytona 500's rich, 54-year history, the race was postponed due to inclement weather.

NASCAR moved the race to Monday hoping to run during the day, but Mother Nature wouldn't relent.

A primetime race won't be so bad though (via NASCARonFOX):

The 2012 #Daytona500 has been postponed this afternoon and is now scheduled to start at 7PM ET on FOX.

— FOX SPORTS: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 27, 2012

This could be a blessing in disguise.

If the race went off during the workday Monday it would seriously damage the amount of exposure it received. Now it'll get a primetime slot on a slow Monday night in the sports world.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The NBA is still off for All-Star break and there are only three college hoops games with a ranked team involved taking place.

What more could NASCAR ask for here?

Officials are desperate to get this race in before Tuesday and we can expect them to wait long into the night if necessary to get it done.

Carl Edwards, last year's Chase runner-up, is the pole-sitter.