NASCAR President Mike Helton provided Fox Sports an update on Sunday's rain-delayed 500:
Q: The cars cannot race in
the rain. We have been rain-shortened, we have been rain-delayed but we've never
rained out. With all of the information available to you, what are we looking
at? What is the contingency right now?
It's one of those
days here in Daytona where it pops up and falls off and pops up and falls
off. But as the day progresses, we think the chances of the pop-ups diminish
quite a bit. Hopefully this will be the last big cell we see and things will
start falling apart and we can get the track dry and go on and get finish and
run the Daytona 500 today.
Q: I understand your crew has an
unprecedented amount of equipment, jet dryers and other machinery to get the
track as raceable as quickly as possible once the rain
HELTON: That is it
needsto stop before we can begin the process of drying. So we areequipped. The
International Speedway, the Daytona International Speedway, has every
drying piece of machinery they got across the country here today, because we
know that the fans at home and the fans here in Daytona want to see the race
run, and we do, too. The sooner, the better.