Rain has forced NASCAR officials to postpone the Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta until Tuesday morning.
Following two days of dry weather at the venue, fears of Tropical Storm Lee bringing proceedings to a halt on race day materialized a few hours before the event. Despite the rain stopping momentarily and officials hoping to roll the cars on the track shortly before 10pm, their hopes were short-lived as rain returned with a vengeance around 9:20 p.m.
Heavy rain and severe weather is expected for Labor Day Monday, and thus officials have rescheduled the race for Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET – although forecasts show more than 50 percent chance of rain then, too.
The race is the penultimate event ahead of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series, with six spots still up for grabs into the championship playoff series.
• ESPN has scheduled live coverage of the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. ET.