Rain pushes Monster Energy Series race at Talladega to Monday finish

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event has been halted by rain at Talladega Superspeedway. The race is set to resume Monday at 2 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Stage 1 winner William Byron was scored as the leader when the 1000Bulbs.com 500 was stopped with 57 of a scheduled 188 laps complete. The race was in the first stage intermission when rain began to pelt the 2.66-mile track.

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The event is the fifth of 10 races in the Monster Energy Series’ playoffs. Race officials had moved up Sunday’s start time by 15 minutes because of the threat of inclement weather.

Ryan Blaney led the most laps during Sunday’s racing, setting the pace for 15 laps. He overcame a Lap 34 spin on the entry to his pit stop and a pit-road speeding penalty to finish 10th in the opening stage.

Paul Menard was scored 33rd in the 40-car field after his Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford team executed a planned driver change shortly before the red flag. Two-time Gander Trucks champion Matt Crafton subbed in for Menard, who has been dealing with neck soreness this week.

The 500.08-mile event is the middle race in the Monster Energy Series’ Playoffs Round of 12. Stage 2’s end is set for Lap 110, after which the race would be deemed official.