The 2017 NASCAR season will have to wait at least one more day before starting its engine.
Persistent rains coated Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, forcing the Advance Auto Parts Clash to be postponed until Sunday at 11:35 a.m. ET, according to NASCAR.com. The 75-lap non-points race will precede qualifying for the Daytona 500, which will begin at 3 p.m.
When The Clash does get underway, Brad Keselowski will lead the field, defending-winner Denny Hamlin will start outside of the front row and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will resume his place in the FOX Sports 1 broadcast booth.
The Clash now will be a day race instead of a night race, which doesn’t bother Dale Jr. one bit.
In order to compete in The Clash, drivers must satisfy at least one of the following criteria: Coors Light Pole Award winners from the 2016 season, playoff drivers from the 2016 season, former winners of The Clash and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016. Hamlin will look to be the event’s first back-to-back winner since Kevin Harvick in 2009-2010.
To ensure you don’t miss the start of NASCAR’s new season, click here to learn how to watch The Clash at Daytona online.