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August 6, 2023

Rain pushes Cup Series race at Michigan to Monday finish

Rain has forced the remainder of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race from Michigan International Speedway to be postponed to a Monday finish.

The FireKeepers Casino 400 started after a one-hour, 43-minute delay, caused by a rain shower that halted the field during pace laps. The field completed 74 of the 200 scheduled laps until more rain dampened the 2-mile oval, bringing the field to a halt on pit road.

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With rain persisting and daylight waning, competition officials scheduled the race to resume Monday at noon ET (USA Network, MRN, SiriusXM, NBC Sports App).

Tyler Reddick is scored as the race’s leader in the No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota. He is just ahead of second-place Alex Bowman, who has led three times for 19 laps in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Kyle Larson sits third, Martin Truex Jr. fourth and Michigan native Erik Jones fifth.

Truex, the Cup Series points leader, claimed his fourth stage win of the year in Stage 1. He has led the most laps – 30 – thus far in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Four drivers have already retired from the event because of crashes – Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, William Byron and Josh Berry. Berry, an Xfinity Series regular, was subbing in for the suspended Noah Gragson in the No. 42 Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet.

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The event is the 23rd of a scheduled 36 races on the Cup Series calendar. Four races remain in the regular season before the 16-driver playoff field is determined.

Note: The Michigan track announced a multi-year extension with FireKeepers Casino on Sunday to remain as the Cup Series race’s entitlement sponsor. The track and the hotel and casino based in Battle Creek, Michigan, have been partners since 2016.