Sunday, August 19, 2007

Rain Postpones 3M Performance 400 At Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 19, 2007) Rain Sunday at Michigan International Speedway forced postponement of the 3M Performance 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race until Monday.

The 200-mile race on the 2-mile track is scheduled to begin Monday at noon EDT. It will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast on MRN Radio.

Kyle Busch will start 15th in his Miller Lite Dodge Charger, while Ryan Newman's Alltel Dodge Charger will go off 34th in the 43-car field

The weather forecast for Monday, however, is not appreciably better than it was for Sunday.

"We will do the best we can to get the race in (Monday)," NASCAR spokesperson Ramsey Poston said. "If we can't get the race in on (Monday), we will look to get it in on Tuesday."

The postponement was the fourth of the season for the Cup series; races at Darlington, Richmond and Dover were delayed by one day. This is the first postponement of a race using the "current" car, as opposed to the Car of Tomorrow.

Should inclement weather prohibit the running of the 3M Performance 400 this week, the race would be rescheduled for Thanksgiving week, Poston said. That would mean setting the 12 participants in the Chase a week later than planned, after the Sept. 13 race at New Hampshire.

Dover would then become the first Chase race, and the Chase would conclude at Michigan, rather than at Homestead, Fla., as planned.

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