Rain, weepers force postponement of Pocono race

Keelan Harvick plays in a puddle during a rain delay at Pocono Raceway, Sunday July 31, 2016 (Twitter)
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( Pat DeCola/NASCAR Digital Media)

LONG POND, Pa. – For the second time this season, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway has been postponed by rain.

With intermittent rain falling and “weepers” seeping through the asphalt racing surface, the Pennsylvania 400 was rescheduled from Sunday until Monday at 11 a.m. ET. NBC Sports will televise the race.

Pole winner Martin Truex Jr. will lead the field to the green flag in the 21st Sprint Cup race of the season.

Kurt Busch won the rain-delayed Pocono race in June, an event also run on a Monday.

When the race was called at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, track workers were cutting slots in the asphalt to run off water from the weepers, which developed when the ground under the racing surface became saturated.

This is the first time in a single year both races at a track have been postponed until the next day.

Keelan Harvick plays in a puddle during a rain delay at Pocono Raceway, Sunday July 31, 2016 (Twitter)
Keelen Harvick plays in a puddle during a rain delay at Pocono Raceway, Sunday July 31, 2016 (Twitter)
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