The pre-race show and the first half-hour of tonight’s NASCAR truck race will air on Fox Business at 7 p.m. because Fox is bumping the end of its U.S. Open coverage to Fox Sports 1. The truck race will move back to FS1 at 8 p.m.
The Firestone 600K will pick up where it left off and resume at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. It will finish as the 14th race in a 16-race season.
An official announcement is expected at 5 p.m. regarding the rescheduling of this race.
Before the race could resume after the Lap 42 crash, rain started falling on Lap 70 and brought out the red flag.
Conor Daly got loose coming out of Turn 4 and crashed into Josef Newgarden. Newgarden’s car went upside down upon impact with the outer wall, slid down the track helmet-first and eventually was driven back into the wall by Daly’s car just before the start/finish line.
Newgarden stepped from his car with help from the safety crew, then collapsed back to the ground after standing for a few moments. He was carried to an ambulance and gestured to the crowd.
The Firestone 600K has begun, and pole winner Carlos Munoz leads after five laps.
It’s Sunday now, and the Firestone 600K was supposed to start at 1:15 p.m. They apparently are still working on a few troublesome spots (weepers), but other than that the track is dry.
The track didn’t quite get dry. The Firestone 600K has been postponed to 1:15 p.m. Sunday. There are chances for rain during most parts of the day, according to various forecasts.
They are definitely making progress, but the track isn’t ready yet. NASCAR’s Air Titan II system likely would have had this surface ready to race a lot quicker than the jet dryers we’re seeing tonight.
Air Titan uses a blade of air to squeegee the water off the track, and it’s proven to be pretty effective.
We’ll see where we stand after the dryers complete their current pass over the frontstretch.
There are still wet sections of the frontstretch. During opening ceremonies, they couldn’t work on drying that part of the track. This race will not start before 9 p.m. Someone in the press box reported seeing a TMS tweet that green flag could be at 9:30.