Rain forces Duck Commander 500 at Texas to be postponed

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Earlier this morning at Texas Motor Speedway, Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson noted that the raw and rainy conditions leading up to the Duck Commander 500 felt like “duck hunting weather.”

Unfortunately, it didn’t transition to racing weather.

NASCAR’s Air Titan units and TMS’ group of track dryers did their best with the 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth throughout the afternoon, but rain has caused today’s Sprint Cup Series race to be postponed.

It has now been moved to tomorrow, with a green flag scheduled for shortly after Noon ET. It will be broadcast over-the-air on Fox.

Tony Stewart will be on the pole and joined in the front row by Brad Keselowski.

The race was scheduled to begin shortly after 3 p.m. ET today, but steady rains continued to push the start back. Adding to the issue was the discovery of “weeper” streams of water coming out of the track surface after the Titans and dryers made their passes.

Finally, around 7:10 p.m. ET, NASCAR decided enough was enough and opted to have everyone come back tomorrow.

For those in the Dallas/Fort Worth region attending the race, TMS has confirmed that track gates will open at 9 a.m. local time.

Rain proved problematic earlier this season at both the Daytona 500 and the Food City 500 at Bristol. The wet stuff caused a six-hour-plus delay during NASCAR’s season-opening race, while two separate delays at Bristol caused that race to also finish in prime time.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”