Start of Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega delayed

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The start of Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway has been delayed.

Lightning was detected at 2:35 p.m. ET, causing a hold of activities. There can be no lightning strikes for 30 minutes within 8 miles of the track before a lightning hold is rescinded.

Rain has since fallen at the track.

The lightning hold was lifted at 4:26 p.m. ET. Track drying continued. NASCAR sent the Titans to begin drying the track at 4:03 p.m. ET. Lightning returned at 4:56 p.m.

The command to fire engines was scheduled for 3:13 p.m. ET. The green flag was scheduled to wave at 3:24 p.m. ET.