NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond postponed until Sunday

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 25: A man walks through the garage area during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 25: A man walks through the garage area during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 25: A man walks through the garage area during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va.—At 6 p.m. Saturday, with rain drenching Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR announced the postponement of Saturday night’s scheduled Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race until 1 p.m. ET on Sunday (live on FOX).

Parking lots at RIR will open at 7 a.m., with spectator gates opening at 10 a.m.

Defending race winner Joey Logano will lead the field to the green flag with local favorite Denny Hamlin beside him on the front row.

The last time a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was postponed until the next day because of weather, Aric Almirola earned his first trip to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a victory at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014.

The postponed race was stopped by rain 48 laps short of its scheduled distance of 160 laps, with Almirola in the lead. With no prospect of restarting the race, NASCAR declared Almirola the winner.

Sunday’s race at .75-mile Richmond is the ninth Cup race on the 2015 schedule and is the third time in four races the series will visit a track measuring less than a mile.

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