NASCAR fans took to social media in full force on Sunday afternoon after the Daytona 500 had to be delayed due to inclement weather.
It almost feels like it wouldn’t be a NASCAR event without the threat of a rain delay. And unfortunately, that sentiment held true on Sunday.
With just 15 laps complete in Sunday’s race, the Daytona 500 is currently in a delay due to weather. Thunderstorms have been forecast in the Daytona area as well as lightning. After 15 laps, Kevin Harvick is currently in the lead.
The official Twitter account of the Daytona International Speedway provided an update to their fans and followers on social media once the announcement was made.
“Weather Alert: Thunderstorms are forecast for the Daytona International Speedway area including lightning,” they wrote. “We advise you to secure items at campsites. Please take necessary precautions. #DAYTONA500.”
The Daytona Twitter account provided another update about a half hour later saying that they are still holding off.
“We remain in a weather hold. Please continue taking necessary precautions.”
NASCAR Fans Sound Off After Daytona 500 Delay
As we mentioned before, would it really even be a NASCAR race without a rain delay? It seems as though most fans feel the same way, including Twitter user Zachary Ugarte (@Zack_1820). He says that it feels like there is a weather delay at every Daytona race.
“Every #DAYTONA500 it feels like there’s a weather delay,” he says. “Ughhh can’t we enjoy one Daytona race without a rain delay????”
Meanwhile, other NASCAR fans say that they should move the start times back for the Daytona 500 and other big races.
“We knew this was going to happen all week, and now two years in a row with a weather delay,” Drew Martin (@Tmart10198) wrote. “Wasted three hours of perfect racing weather. Move the start time back up #DAYTONA500”
Clark Boyz Racing agreed with that statement. He replied saying, “Remember 20 years ago when the race was just ending at this time? Yeah, let’s go back to noon est start times. When will @NASCAR learn??”
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