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.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.