NASCAR changes Dover schedule again due to weather

Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Dover, NASCAR (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Dover, NASCAR (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

NASCAR has officially postponed the Wurth 400 from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon as a result of rain and a grim weather forecast at Dover Motor Speedway.

NASCAR made the early decision to shift the green flag time for Sunday afternoon’s Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway from 2:11 p.m. ET to 1:11 p.m. ET in an attempt to find a window to get the race in, giving the gloomy weather forecast.

They made another early decision on Sunday morning, and that was to postpone the Wurth 400 to Monday.

Given the rain and the fact that the weather forecast for the afternoon was anything but promising — plus the fact that Dover Motor Speedway doesn’t have lights for night racing — it made no sense to keep fans waiting for no reason, as has sometimes happened in the past.

The 400-lap race around the four-turn, 1.0-mile (1.609-kilometer) high-banked Dover, Delaware oval is now scheduled to take place on Monday at noon. Fox Sports 1, no Fox, is still set to broadcast the race live at that time.

The Dover race is the first of four consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races set to be shown live on Fox Sports 1 as opposed to regular Fox.

It marks yet another Dover Motor Speedway spring race that won’t be contested as scheduled on a Sunday afternoon.

In 2018, the race was briefly halted due to rain. In 2019, no more than the pace laps were completed before it was postponed until Monday. Then in 2020, COVID-19-related restrictions wreaked havoc on the entire schedule, and the track ended up hosting a doubleheader during its initially scheduled summer race weekend.

The abnormality came in 2021, when then full race was contested on Sunday as planned. But then in 2022, only a handful of laps were run before it was suspended and finished on Monday.

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Be sure to tune in to Fox Sports 1 at 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, May 1 for the live broadcast of the Wurth 400 from Dover Motor Speedway. The hope is to get the entire race in, as there is only a 5% chance of rain, according to The Weather Channel. Start a free trial of FuboTV now if you haven’t already done so!