(UPDATED) Rain-postponed Duck Commander 500 is underway at Texas Motor Speedway

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The rain-postponed Duck Commander 500 is underway at Texas Motor Speedway – 21 hours after it was originally scheduled to kick off before unending rain and several thunderstorms prevented any racing action on Sunday.

While weather conditions are cloudy and temperatures are in the mid-60s, NASCAR officials and teams are likely approaching the race with the famous tagline of comedian Larry The Cable Guy: Git-R-Done – and as quick as possible.

Or at least get one lap past halfway (168 laps) of the 334-lap event to make it official.

The reason: the National Weather Service is predicting a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. ET (the race began at 12:09 p.m. ET).

That prediction continues all the way up until 2 a.m. ET Tuesday – which, by the way, will be sunny with a high of 72.

Pole-sitter Tony Stewart held the lead for the first 10 laps as NASCAR officials determined the track’s viability for full-speed racing. The first 10 laps were run under competition caution green/yellow conditions before the race went full-tilt green on Lap 11.

NASCAR had scheduled a second competition caution at Lap 35 to check tire wear due to all-green conditions following yesterday’s rain. However, because Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed on Lap 13, the competition caution has been delayed to Lap 48.

This is the seventh race of the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup season. There have been six different winners in 2014 thus far: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Daytona 500), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas), Carl Edwards (Bristol), Kyle Busch (Fontana) and Kurt Busch (Martinsville).

“There’s a couple spots that are just damp, but the the guy up there in the pace car up there has a pretty good plan here to get us out there, let us run a couple laps under caution to see if the heat of these cars and motors help dry this thing out out a little bit,” Stewart said on Fox Sports while taking one of several pace laps prior to the start of the green flag. “(Track officials) have been out here since 5:30 (a.m. CT) and have done an awesome job.”

Keselowski went back into the pits on Lap 2 because the hood of his car was loose and popped up the hinges to keep the hood intact.

Ryan Newman also had to come into the pits on Lap 3 for the same issue, as well as to make sure his roof flap was secure.

Ditto for Danica Patrick’s car on Lap 4.

All three cars apparently came too close to jet dryers during parade laps and the blowback from the driers apparently got under the cars and loosened the flaps and hoods.

Several other drivers brought their cars onto pit road, including Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer, to have their cars looked over as a precautionary measure.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.