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'Weepers' delay on-track action at Fontana

March 25, 2011, David Caraviello,

FONTANA, Calif. -- On-track activity at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California was delayed on Friday because of drainage issues in turns 1 and 2.

According to NASCAR officials, track employees were using saws to make cuts in the track surface so the water could be brought to the surface and immediately dried. Southern California has been inundated with heavy rains over the past week, including showers on Friday morning that finally began to break up as afternoon approached.

These types of drainage issues -- known more informally as "weepers" -- have cropped up at the Fontana track before. Weepers here in 2008 delayed a Sprint Cup race for five hours, and at least three drivers were involved in separate drainage-related accidents as officials attempted to restart the event. That race was eventually postponed until Monday.

Other tracks have suffered similar problems. Weepers played a role in pushing a Pocono race until Monday in 2009, and Texas was plagued by drainage issues in its early years before work was done to correct the underlying problem.

Sprint Cup practice finally began at around 2 p.m. local time, two hours later than originally scheduled.