NASCAR & Auto Racing

NASCAR postpones Toyota Owners 400 race at Richmond

Fans watch as rain falls on Sprint Cup cars waiting for inspection at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday, April 25, 2015. Persistent rain in Richmond postponed Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 until 1 p.m. Sunday (Fox).
Fans watch as rain falls on Sprint Cup cars waiting for inspection at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday, April 25, 2015. Persistent rain in Richmond postponed Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 until 1 p.m. Sunday (Fox). AP

The Sprint Cup Series’ second scheduled night race of the season has received an unscheduled make-over.

Persistent rain showers postponed Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway until 1 p.m. Sunday. The race will be still be aired on Fox.

Weather forecasts for Sunday’s race start time call for temperatures in the mid-50s and a 20 percent chance of rain.

Bleak forecasts and cold temperatures finally forced NASCAR officials, hopeful they could get the race underway at some point, to make the decision to postpone the race – the first race this season whose scheduled start was pushed to the next day by bad weather.

▪  As of Saturday afternoon one of three pit crew members injured in a pit road fire during Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond remained hospitalized.

Anthony O’Brien, a crew member for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 62 team driven by Brendan Gaughan, remained hospitalized Saturday. RCR’s Josh Wittman was released Saturday.

Clifford Turner, a member of driver Eric McClure’s pit crew, was treated and released from a local hospital. McClure’s pit was adjacent to Gaughan’s pit stall, where the fire began during a pit stop.

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