NASCAR at Indianapolis: Big Machine Vodka 400 postponed

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A steady light rain fell from late morning into the mid-afternoon Sunday, forcing NASCAR to a Monday race.

The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been postponed until 2 p.m. Monday because of rain.

The original start time of the race was pushed up an hour in an effort to avoid the wet weather.

Team Penske's Ryan Blaney is set to lead the Xfinity Series field to the green flag in the Lilly Diabetes 250 in his #22 Ford alongside JR Motorsports' Justin Allgaier in second place in his #7 Chevrolet when that race gets underway tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. ET.

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Drivers for both series will start the respective races without benefit of practice.

A Toyota Tundra track-drying team of 19 vehicles is on hand to dry the track if still needed Monday, along with 10 jet dryers and four vacuums. It's the first time the Brickyard 400 has been run on a Monday.

In the NASCAR Cup Series, the race serves as the final event before the playoffs start September 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch, a six-time victor this season, has the top starting spot for the Big Machine Vodka 400, sharing the front row with seven-time victor Kevin Harvick.

The Cup race is the final qualifying opportunity for the 16 drivers attempting to make the playoffs. Cable subscribers can also watch on the NBC Sports app.

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