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Rain delays Monster Energy Series playoff race at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event has been delayed by rain at Talladega Superspeedway.

The 500, the fifth of 10 races in the series’ playoffs, had just completed Stage 1 when precipitation dampened the 2.66-mile track, putting on-track activity on hold. The race will resume on Monday at 2 p.m. ET, with coverage on NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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Race officials have a full assembly of track-drying equipment on hand, with 18 NASCAR Air Titans, 10 jet dryers, two Elgin track sweepers and two buffalo blowers to battle moisture.

When the race gets back underway, William Byron will lead the field to green.

The 500.08-mile event is the middle race in the Monster Energy Series’ Playoffs Round of 12. Stages are scheduled to end on Lap 55, Lap 110 and the full distance is set for 188 laps.