Rain forces Duck Commander 500 at Texas to be postponed


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.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.