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NASCAR Hopes Weather Lifts for Tues. Start
NASCAR will give the AdvoCare 500 another go Tuesday.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee produced heavy rain and spawned tornadoes around the Atlanta metropolitan area on Monday but the weather should yield in time for Tuesday's 11 a.m. Sprint Cup Series race (ESPN).
No damage was reported near Atlanta Motor Speedway, however a tornado did apparently hit Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga., northwest of Atlanta. According to Fox 5 in Atlanta, grandstands were overturned and several trees were down. There were no reports of injuries.
The Cup race was originally scheduled for Sunday night but hours before it was scheduled to start, rain from Tropical Storm Lee began to move into the area around AMS.
The forecast for race time calls for cloudy skies and a 30 percent chance of rain but the sun should show itself by early afternoon.
Kasey Kahne starts from the pole, with Clint Bowyer lining up second, Kyle Busch third, Brian Vickers fourth and Jeff Gordon fifth.
Six drivers - Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Gordon and Busch - are already locked in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Two races remain before the 12-driver field is set and several others still have a chance to make the cut.
Brad Keselowski, who has won two of last four races, has a wild card position all but wrapped up but could still lock a Top 10 spot in points, which would allow him to use bonus points collected from his three wins this season when the Chase field is seeded.
In addition, Atlanta is the finale of the Sprint Summer Showdown in which four drivers - Kyle Busch, Keselowski, Marcos Ambrose and Paul Menard - have a chance to collect $3 million should one of them win the race.
The winner would get $1 million, his charity $1 million and a fan paired with the driver would get $1 million (Keselowski has two fans, who would split the money).