Despite the best efforts of NASCAR and Atlanta Motor Speedway to run the race, the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup event was rescheduled from Sunday night until Tuesday morning after persistent rain squelched efforts to dry the 1.54-mile track. So Lynyrd Skynyrd performing live on stage was all the treat fans could enjoy on Sunday.
With weather forecasts calling for rain all day Monday, NASCAR opted for the Tuesday start. Barring further interference from the remnants of tropical storm Lee, the 25th race of the Cup season will start at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, with polesitter Kasey Kahne leading the field to the green flag.
There will be much on the line for drivers when they do take the green. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin are trying to solidify their relatively tenuous positions in the Chase. Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Marcos Ambrose and Kahne will be doing everything they can to unseat them.
In addition, one of four drivers—Menard, Ambrose, Kyle Busch or Brad Keselowski—can win a total of $3 million in the Sprint Summer Showdown (split among the driver, the driver’s designated charities and a race fan), should any of the four win the AdvoCare 500.
Menard qualified for the Showdown with his win in the Brickyard 400, Ambrose at Watkins Glen, Busch at Michigan and Keselowski as a double winner at Pocono and Bristol.