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Rain postpones NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway
STEPHEN HAWKINS, The Associated PressPosted: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:55 PM
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - On a day when the weather was more suitable for ducks than racing, the Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway became NASCARs first rainout of the season.
The Robertson family from Duck Dynasty had prominent roles at Sundays race, called the Duck Commander 500, but Uncle Si never got to give the command to start engines. NASCAR pulled the plug after a delay of about four hours.
The race will be run Monday at 11 a.m., nine hours before the start of the NCAA national championship game in nearby Arlington. Tony Stewart, making a comeback this season after missing the final four months of last year with a broken leg, will start on the pole.
Its the third time in seven Sprint Cup Series races this season that rain has hampered the event. The season-opening Daytona 500 was stopped for more than six hours, and the race at Bristol Motor Speedway had two delays totaling more than five hours.
At least the fans who braved the rain got to enjoy the Robertson family antics.
Uncle Si was wearing a sparkly jumpsuit meant to resemble a firesuit. Family patriarch Phil Robertson was supposed to wave the green flag as the honorary starter, his youngest son, Jep, was to ride in a pace car. Jase Robertson introduced the Top 10 starters, and his wife Missy sang the national anthem.
Sadie, Willies 16-year-old daughter, delivered the invocation.
Korie Robertson, Willies wife, said about 30-40 members of the family were at the race.
And some extras, some bearded people may have slipped in there claiming they were kin, said Willie Robertson, who also sponsored Clint Bowyers car for the race.
A steady rain saturated the track Sunday. NASCARs new track drying system requires two hours to dry the 1.5-mile speedway, but the unseasonably cool temperatures made the task more difficult.
TMS big screen Big Hoss TV alerted fans to pending severe weather at times Sunday. The high-definition LED video board also showed episodes of Duck Dynasty.
Bowyers car had markings for Willie Robertsons diner, Buck Commander and Korie Robertsons clothing boutique.
I tried to talk them into letting me drive a Duck Commander car, but they wont do it, Si said.
Willies response to that?
We told him if he could figure out how to open the door well let him drive it, the CEO said.
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