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Rain postpones Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway

Track security guards Patrick Reyes, left, and Richard Gyure stand by the start-finish line as jet dryers blow dry the strait away before a rain delayed start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)

Track security guards Patrick Reyes, left, and Richard Gyure stand by the start-finish line as jet dryers blow dry the strait away before a rain delayed start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)

Yesterday’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway was postponed by rain.

It will be run today at noon, nine hours before the start of the NCAA national basketball championship game in nearby Arlington.

It’s the third time in seven Sprint Cup races this season that rain has hampered the event. The season-opening Daytona 500 was stopped for more than six hours, and the race at Bristol Motor Speedway had two delays totaling more than five hours.

Yesterday’s event at Texas didn’t start as scheduled as steady rain saturated the track. NASCAR’s new track drying system requires two hours to dry the 1.5-mile speedway, but the unseasonably cool temperatures made the task more difficult.

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