NASCAR moves up Atlanta Cup race start time due to rain threat

HAMPTON, GA - FEBRUARY 24: Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 Ruud Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24, 2018 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Atlanta’s “Perfect Race Weather” guarantee may come into play Sunday.  Saturday, NASCAR and Atlanta Motor Speedway officials moved up the start time for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race because of the threat of rain.

The green flag for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was 2:16 p.m. ET. But that start time has been rescheduled for one hour, 10 minutes earlier, 1:06 p.m. ET.  Driver introductions will happen at 12:15 p.m. ET. The prerace activities have also been moved up.

According to the National Weather Service there is an 80 percent chance of rain Sunday.  That rain could last until at least midday Monday.  The last time a race at Atlanta was postponed it actually was delayed until Tuesday September 6, 2011. MORE>>>