Featuring a myriad of service men and women, the pre-race activities for the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 paid tribute to the nation's armed forces in celebration of the Memorial Day weekend.
After an invocation by Rev. Franklin Graham and a stirring bag piped rendition of Amazing Grace by the Celtic Force Piper, a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps saluted those lost in military combat.
The pre-race activities were capped off by the Air Force Tops in Blue singing that National Anthem. With the completion of the anthem and under threatening skies, the crews pushed the cars out to the starting grid.
Unfortunately, weather intervened and the clouds opened, sending everyone running for cover. Drivers, crews, and fans were urged to take cover.
Teams scrambled to cover the race cars, some barely getting them in place. Several crew members slipped and fell as they were trying to get out of the rain.
The rains continued, and just when it seemed that it was dry enough to get the track dryers out, the rain came again.
Finally at 8:30 PM, NASCAR called the race. The Coca-Cola 600 will run on Monday, Memorial Day, at Noon.