Rain Delays NASCAR at Talladega Playoff Race After Stage 1; Resuming on Monday

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 13, 2019

An official walks by the car of Denny Hamlin (11) car during a rain delay in a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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NASCAR's trip to Talladega Superspeedway will be extended by one day due to inclement weather conditions.

Per NASCAR, the 1000Bulbs.com 500 race will resume Monday at 2 p.m. ET after rain forced a red flag after drivers completed 57 of 188 laps.

Fox Sports' Bob Pockrass shared a map of the weather system moving through Alabama:

Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

NASCAR drying track but going to need some help from nature to resume: https://t.co/V77tRsHbFG

William Byron was able to gain an early advantage in the race by winning Stage 1. The Hendrick Motorsports driver will also lead the field when the race resumes Monday. Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brad Keselowski round out the top five. 

The 1000Bulbs.com 500 marks the second of three races in the NASCAR playoffs' round of 12. Kyle Larson has already clinched a spot in the final eight thanks to his victory last week at Dover International Speedway. 

Byron's stage victory is also crucial because the Chevrolet driver entered this weekend ranked eighth in the playoff standings, but he's tied with Logano, the defending series champion, with 3,032 points. Next week's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway will determine the drivers who advance to the round of eight.