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(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack). fans take cover the rain in the stands during the Daytona 500 auto race at International Speedway, Sunday, 23, 2014, in Daytona Beach,

By DAN GELSTON

AP Sports Writer

BEACH, Fla. (AP) Daytona could use a dome.

rain, potholes, soap and the Daytona 500 has had all sorts of delays the five years.

The latest one Sunday, with rain down the season opener at International Speedway for 6 hours, 22

The race resumed under the with 162 laps left in the race. It needed to hit 100 laps to become official.


If not, and rain resumes, the second Monday race in years remains in play.

The The American Race has become known for its lapses than or leaders.

Matt Kenseth won a Daytona 500 in 2009. The 2010 500 was interrupted for more than two because of a pothole in the track.

forced the 2012 race to be run on a night for the first time. Pablo Montoya slammed a jet dryer that night, a raging inferno that another two-hour delay. workers used Tide detergent to clean up the track.

Fans flocked for shelter at the track or left for their

The National Weather Service a tornado warning in the area and people to take shelter.

Air the system designed to reduce drying time, provided the action on the track.

But there was of fun going on behind the scenes.

and other personnel hit social to give a sneak peek of it’s like to kill at a soggy Daytona.

Kyle Busch tweeted, rain go away. Let me lead my way to

His wife, Samantha, posted a of her sticking out her tongue while frowned with the caption, delay sad/mad faces w busch.

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Andrea Perry, who the public relations account for Stenhouse Jr.’s team, a pic of the Nationwide Series crew up inside the hauler on their with hands on their prepping for a Tornado drill.

has lights, meaning NASCAR stretch the start of the race late evening. Another run is always a possibility.

I like prime time, Sprint Cup champion Brad tweeted.

Broadcast partner Fox a replay of last year’s won by Jimmie Johnson. Plenty of on Twitter were confused and along as if the race was live. ran some of them under the Scores Of Idiots Don’t Fox Is Airing Last Year’s 500.

Clint Bowyer Congrats to @ Jimmie Johnson, after the No. 48 crossed the finish

Johnson responded, I hear I won the @ Haha!

As the day dragged into night, David Ragan left for a run — in his firesuit.

Kyle was atop the leaderboard when the was red flagged. Martin Truex Jr. was the driver out when his car blew an on lap 30.

The Daytona 500 winner will be the driver in the revamped Chase for the Cup championship field. Danica last year’s Daytona winner, said at media day chasing a win in severe weather change race strategy.

I can imagine when there’s a cloud rolling in, potential what we might see out there, who can get the win it rains, she said.

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