NASCAR’s Daytona 500 has restarted [Updated]

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., left, talks with Greg Biffle during a rain delay at the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
(Terry Renna / Associated Press)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Daytona 500 was halted after 38 laps Sunday because of rain.

The field was under a caution period in NASCAR’s season-opening race when the rain arrived at Daytona International Speedway at 2:12 p.m. EST.

[Update: The race resumed at 8:52 p.m. local time after a rain delay of 6 hours 22 minutes.]

Kyle Busch was leading, followed by Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin and Brian Vickers.

The race was scheduled for 200 laps around the high-banked, 2.5-mile speedway, which has lights should the race need to be concluded after sunset.


The only car out of the race was the No. 78 Chevrolet driven by Martin Truex Jr., which suffered a blown engine on Lap 31 that brought out the caution period.

Rookie Austin Dillon, who started on the pole, was running 10th. Elsewhere in the field, Jeff Gordon was seventh, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 18th, Danica Patrick was 33rd, Tony Stewart was 34th and defending Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson was 38th.