NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
 
           === Rain postpones Sprint Cup race at Texas to Monday ===
 
 Fort  Worth, TX  (SportsNetwork.com) - Persistent rain at Texas Motor Speedway
 forced the postponement of Sunday's Duck Commander 500.
 
 The  scheduled  500-mile Sprint Cup Series  race at Texas has been rescheduled
 for Monday at noon ET. It will be televised live on Fox.
 
 It  had  been raining at this  1.5-mile racetrack throughout the day. The race
 was scheduled to start at roughly 2:17 p.m. local time (3:17 p.m. ET). Shortly
 before  the  scheduled start time,  NASCAR began track-drying efforts with its
 new Air Titan system, which was designed to shorten the amount of track-drying
 time.
 
 Cold  temperatures  and damp  air slowed the  drying process. NASCAR executive
 vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell noted in a post on Twitter
 that "weepers" -- patches of moisture or water seeping up on the track surface
 -- also stalled the process.
 
 Tony  Stewart will lead the 43-car field to the green flag. Stewart won a pole
 for  the first time in 19 months on Saturday when he topped Brad Keselowski in
 the  closing seconds  of qualifying  at Texas.  Keselowski will  start second,
 followed  by Kevin  Harvick, who is Stewart's teammate at Stewart-Haas Racing.
 Roush  Fenway Racing  teammates Greg  Biffle and  Carl Edwards  will roll  off
 fourth and fifth, respectively.
 
 According  to  the National Weather  Service, the  forecast for the Fort Worth
 area  calls  for mostly cloudy  skies with a 40  percent chance of showers and
 thunderstorms after 2 p.m.
 
 Three of the first seven Sprint Cup races this season have been interrupted by
 rain.  Last  month, Bristol featured two  delays for a  total of 5 hours and 4
 minutes.  Carl  Edwards won that  race at  nighttime. In February, the season-
 opening  Daytona 500  had  delays of  6  hours and  22  minutes for  inclement
 weather.  The  event resumed under the  lights at Daytona, with Dale Earnhardt
 Jr. taking the checkered flag shortly before midnight.
 
 04/06 20:33:31 ET

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