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Sprint Cup Series practice delayed

February 22, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Sprint Cup Series practice delayed
Light rain forces delay for final Cup practice before the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Final practice for the Daytona 500 was delayed Saturday morning due to rain.

The session was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET, but light rain led NASCAR to instead put the Air Titan drying system onto the race track at Daytona International Speedway. The session was scheduled for 90 minutes.

After drying efforts were complete, cars were scheduled to hit the track at approximately 10:55 a.m. ET. Because of the initial delay, NASCAR officials opted to extend the practice to noon ET.

Saturday's delay comes after one of Friday's two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions was canceled due to rain. Some teams Saturday had no intention of going out at all, among them Daytona 500 pole winner Austin Dillon and former race champion Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The season-opening Daytona 500 is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (FOX).

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