Rain in forecast for tomorrow’s Duck Commander 500

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Rain has been especially pesky in this spring portion of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, with the Daytona 500 and the Food City 500 at Bristol both having to deal with extended rain delays.

Unfortunately, the same fate may be in store for tomorrow’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race is scheduled for a 3 p.m. ET green flag, but inclement weather may make for a long day at the ‘Wild Asphalt Circus.’

NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth forecasts a 70 percent chance of rain in the Metroplex tomorrow, while the National Weather Service has that chance pegged higher at 80 percent. Both are forecasting temperatures in the high 50s.

TMS does have a lighting system, which extends the window for NASCAR to get the full race in should there be a delay. But should the race be rained out, it would likely be moved to Monday – the same day as the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship at nearby AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

That said, you figure TMS would run the race early on Monday morning to avoid a head-to-head conflict with the National Championship later that night.

The race had been a Saturday night event, but last fall, it was announced that it would move to a Sunday afternoon in order to accommodate the National Semifinal games going on tonight at Jerry’s World.

Monday weather forecasts for DFW retain a slight chance of rain but far less than what’s being predicted for Sunday and with temps warming up into the mid-60s.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.