The NASCAR track at Fort Worth during a rain delay Monday. Oct 26, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; A general view of the exterior of Texas Motor Speedway during the weather delayed conclusion of the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

There have been quite a few NASCAR races delayed by one day due to weather over the years, but a delay of two days is more unusual. That’s what’s happened with this weekend’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, a NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The race started Sunday, ran 52 of a scheduled 334 laps, and then was postponed to Monday thanks to wet weather. More rain Monday (seen above) saw the AirTitan and jet dryer trucks rolling, but the race was never restarted. And that’s now led to a postponement to Tuesday, as per

The Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 started Sunday afternoon, and 52 of a scheduled 334 laps were complete before wet weather forced a red flag. The race was set to resume Monday, but ongoing showers pushed that plan to a proposed restart Tuesday at noon ET (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM).

A NASCAR official statement regarding the weather at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track stated: “With continued moisture and low temperatures hampering drying efforts, as well as a similar forecast for the remainder of this evening at Texas Motor Speedway, the resumption of the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 has been pushed to Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT / Noon ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.”

Jay Adamczyk of had more on how unusual this is:

Update: Further rain and mist kept that restart from happening at noon Eastern, and for most of the afternoon. But NBC announced Tuesday evening that coverage will now resume at 8 p.m. Eastern:

This is, like many other networks’ announcements, not quite when the actual resumption will start:

Update to the update: And, it’s now rescheduled to Wednesday:

And if things don’t go as planned Wednesday, that could lead to rescheduling of this coming weekend’s race at Martinsville in Virginia:

At any rate, it’s certainly pretty remarkable to see a race delayed this way, and even more so for that to happen with a playoff race. And that’s more notable still when the resumption doesn’t go as planned.

And there are some significant implications with this one. NASCAR championship weekend is coming up in two weeks (Nov. 6-8 at Phoenix Raceway), and Joey Logano is the only driver who’s locked down a spot in that four-driver field (thanks to his Oct. 18 win at Kansas).

There’s just this race (which needs at least 115 more laps to be official) and Sunday’s race at Martinsville (Virginia) before the championship finale. So this one could mean a lot. Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Erik Jones were running first through third at the time of Sunday’s postponement, and we’ll see how they do after the restart.

[; photo via Raymond Carlin III/USA TODAY Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.