Persistent, and sometimes heavy, rain plagued Snowball Derby Sunday all day, forcing race officials to postpone the event to Monday afternoon.
The race will go green at 5 p.m. CT, with grandstand gates opening at noon.
A hand vote was taken in a drivers-only meeting at approximately 5:30 p.m. CT in the Five Flags Speedway tech shed. At that time, event promoter Tim Bryant declared that the track would plan to run the race on Monday.
A major concern brought up by teams was the situation with hired pit crews. Many of the hired crews would not be able to work the race Monday. Because of the issue, the controlled caution concept was adopted.
In the controlled caution event, a driver will not lose positions on pit road. Cars that do not pit will lineup in front of those that due for the following restart.
Track officials worked tirelessly throughout Sunday to dry the racing surface. The rain stopped long enough in the afternoon for the jet dryer, borrowed from Darlington Raceway, to get on track and make significant progress.
However, the good-weather window closed sooner than expected, forcing the decision to postpone. The last time the Snowball Derby was not run on Sunday was 2004. Rain pushed the race to the following Saturday night, which was won by Steve Wallace.
Fans who purchased the broadcast on Speed51.com will be available to stream the event when it is run.
-By Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Deep South Correspondent – Twitter: @RyanLMcCollough
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