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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - For only the third time in history, the Texas Motor Speedway is hosting NASCAR fans on a Monday. The Duck Commander 500 race was postponed on Sunday due to rainy weather. But the event is instead taking place Monday, creating a huge traffic alert for drivers in north Fort Worth.

Between brief rain showers, NASCAR workers tried Sunday to push water off of the track, hoping to get the race started on the scheduled day. It proved to be an impossible task, and conditions were never deemed dry enough for racing. Fans cleared the stands after waiting for hours in the cold, wet and windy weather.

Many of those fans headed back to the speedway on Monday morning, creating an increase in traffic at a time and place where one is not usually seen. Schools and neighborhoods located near the Texas Motor Speedway were predicted to be the most impacted, because they are not used to seeing such high-volume traffic. However, things ran pretty smoothly, including school buses heading to campuses.

The main roads being affected include Interstate-35W, Highway 114, FM 156, Highway 287 and Highway 170. Motorists are advised to avoid this north Fort Worth area on Monday if at all possible, or plan to spend extra time on the road.

Race fans arriving at the Texas Motor Speedway on Monday morning said that they did encounter traffic backups, but nobody was complaining.

“I’ve been coming here every year since it opened,” said Tim Kimmel from Austin. “They’ve gotten better and better at it every year.”

Sam Smith came to DFW from Arkansas. He has tickets to the Duck Commander 500 race and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game on Monday night in Arlington. “We’ll probably leave a little early to get to the game on time,” Smith said. “We’re all excited about it. We’re ready to roll.”

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