NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
                         === Rain halts Daytona 500 ===
 Daytona  Beach,  FL ( - The  56th running of the Daytona 500
 has been briefly stopped due to rain.
 A  shower moved over Daytona International Speedway about 35 minutes after the
 green  flag waved for  the start of Sunday's prestigious race at 1:30 p.m. ET.
 NASCAR displayed the red flag when 38 laps had been completed around this 2.5-
 mile superspeedway, as the field came to a stop on pit road.
 The  race was under caution at the time it began to rain. Martin Truex Jr. had
 suffered engine failure and dropped fluid on the track, prompting the caution.
 Truex  secured  the second starting position  for this race in time trials one
 week  ago. He had to start from the rear of the field in a backup car after he
 was  involved  in a last-lap  multi-car wreck  in Thursday night's Daytona 500
 qualifiers. Truex is in his first season as driver of the No. 78 Chevrolet for
 Furniture Row Racing.
 "It's  definitely a tough  break for the team," Truex said. "The car was super
 fast  today. I went  to bed last night, thinking this is probably my best shot
 of winning the Daytona 500. Unfortunately, it just wasn't meant to be."
 The  National Weather  Service issued  a severe  thunderstorm warning  for the
 Daytona  Beach  area  until  3:45  p.m.  There  is  a  60  percent  chance  of
 precipitation forecasted here for the remainder of the afternoon and evening.
 02/23 15:15:16 ET