NASCAR Playoff Race at Talladega Postponed To Monday Due To Rain

by Quentin Blount

Thanks to a rain delay, NASCAR fans will have to wait one more day to catch the Cup Series Playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Bad weather has officially halted Sunday’s Cup Series playoff race from happened as planned. The race was originally scheduled to take place around 4 p.m. ET but things quickly took a turn for the worse when the rain started falling as drivers were making their pace laps. As soon as the cars made it back to pit road, NASCAR sent down word that the race would be getting postponed until Monday.

The official NASCAR Twitter account posted an update online for the racing fans out there who use social media.

“NEWS: Today’s race at @TALLADEGA has been postponed due to rain. Catch the action Monday at 1 PM ET on NBCSN.”

NASCAR fans, meanwhile, are not very happy about the delay. Some fans had concerns about not being able to watch the race at all. Others pointed at the fact that the weather doesn’t appear to be getting any better any time soon.

“Thank you for not caring about those who can’t watch the race tomorrow because we can’t get NBCSN,” one person commented.

“Good lord, JUST RACE TO HALFWAY,” another fan replied. “Sometimes you gotta improvise, the forecast looks like garbage for the next four days.”

“Good luck getting this done at any time Rain ALL WEEK LONG.”

If you are a close follower of the sport, then you probably already know that races at Talladega normally take over three hours. And not only that, but the 2.66-mile track does not have any lights, making it impossible to race at night.

Fans left other comments like, “Put lights on the damn track so we won’t have this problem” and “Put in lights. It’s 2021.”

Denny Hamlin Won Last Week’s NASCAR Playoff Race

When Monday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway kicks off on NBCSN at 1 p.m. ET, all eyes will be on Denny Hamlin. He will start the race from the pole after he won at Las Vegas just last week. As a result, he won’t have to stress out about winning one of the next two wild card races.

“I am so happy, so happy to not have to worry about the next two weeks,” Hamlin told NBC Sports after the race. “But I’m professional, so I’m gonna work just as hard each and every week.”

However, the same cannot be said for all of the other remaining drivers — there will be a lot at stake on Monday night. The winner of the race will guarantee themselves a berth in the third round of the playoffs. Make sure to follow along right here on Outsider for all of the latest NASCAR news.