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Rainguard 600 IndyCar practice on hold due to, yes, rain

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The whole point of getting Rainguard Water Sealers as the new title sponsor for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ annual trip to Texas Motor Speedway was to see rain go away from the 1.455-mile track in Fort Worth, as it hit a lot of last year.

But, the weather gods have a good sense of humor and decided to bucket down rain anyway this morning, which delayed both flights into Dallas-Fort Worth and on-track activity itself ahead of the Rainguard Water Sealers 600.

Practice one, initially scheduled from 10 to 11:15 a.m. CT and local time, is on a weather hold. Qualifying is meant to roll off at 2:15 p.m. CT and local time (3:15 p.m. ET) with NBCSN’s qualifying coverage on at 3:30 p.m. ET, following second free practice for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix. A final 30-minute practice is set from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. CT tonight.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks action is also on the weekend docket at TMS.

Stay tuned to NBCSports.com and the @IndyCarOnNBCSN Twitter page for further updates.

UPDATE: Here’s the updated schedule, at 1:15 p.m. ET:

The qualifying order for IndyCar is linked below.

Female racer makes history with record finishes in dirt national midget events

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Holly Shelton is riding high after setting a milestone for a female driver in a national midget series feature event on dirt this past weekend.

The Sacramento, California-area resident recorded the highest finish ever for a female dirt national midget series driver with a runner-up finish last Friday at the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League double-header weekend at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri.

Shelton broke her own national record for top finish by a woman in a national dirt event – she finished third in a USAC race at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, last year.

One night after setting her new national record, Shelton and her Keith Kunz Motorsports Toyota roared back Saturday to finish third (started on the outside pole) in the second half of the weekend double-header, making her the first female dirt driver ever on the national midget circuit to earn back-to-back podium finishes.

“It’s cool making history as a female, but my number one thing is I just want to win,” said Shelton, who will be graduating from Cal-State Sacramento with a B.A. in Criminal Justice this fall. “Truthfully, on the track I don’t even remember that I’m a girl. I’m just racing all the guys with the same goal they have – to win.”

Only one other woman has finished second in either a USAC or POWRi midget feature – Sarah McCune at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1999 – but that was on pavement, not dirt.

The record-setting weekend was great consolation for Shelton, who missed three races earlier this season due to surgery and then sat out three other races last month after suffering a race-related concussion.

“It felt good,” she said of her back-to-back podium finishes. “It builds up my confidence. The car is fast and we keep getting better and we want to build on it.”

Shelton was one of four women that competed in midget competition this weekend. The others were 19-year-old Maria Cofer and 16-year-olds Holley Hollan and Presley Truedson.

“It’s awesome seeing all the little girls come up to me excited to see me at the track,” Shelton said. “Hopefully, it encourages them to pursue their dreams as well and, as the years go on, more girls will get into it.”

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