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Daytona 500 Now Set For 6 p.m. Start

140082384 Daytona 500 Now Set For 6 p.m. Start

A general view of the empty grandstands as rain falls postponing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 27, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL AP) – NASCAR president Mike Helton says the Daytona 500 will start Monday night at 7:00 p.m (Eastern) 6:00 p.m. (Central).

Heavy rain soaked Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, forcing NASCAR to postpone the event for the first time in its 54-year history.

The 500-mile race initially was rescheduled for noon Monday. It was still raining Monday morning.

Carl Edwards, runner-up to Tony Stewart in last year’s championship race, will start from the pole. Former IndyCar star Danica Patrick will make her Daytona 500 debut.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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