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Duck Commander 500 Delayed a Day by Rain at Texas Motor Speedway

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 01:06 PM

By Clyde Hughes

The Duck Commander 500 didn't get underway at the Texas Motor Speedway until Monday, after heavy rain on Sunday more to the liking of ducks than race cares postponed the start for a day.

The race started shortly after noon at the raceway in Fort Worth, with a seating capacity of more than 180,000. The race is the seventh NASCAR event this season that has produced six different winners.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. currently leads the Sprint Cup point standings, nine points ahead of Matt Kenseth, 10 in front of Carl Edwards and 11 ahead of Jeff Gordon, according to Fox Sports.

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Rain saturated the track on Sunday as cooler than normal temperatures prevented NASCAR's new track drying system from getting the 1.5-mile track in good enough racing shape, reported KXAS-TV.

The race marks the second big-ticket event of the day in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The NCAA basketball title game between the Kentucky Wildcats and Connecticut Huskies will be played Monday night at nearby AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys. A record 79,000 attended the Saturday's Final Four semifinal games, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

The Robertson family, stars of the reality television show "Duck Dynasty," played prominent roles in the race on Sunday that was eventually delayed, wrote KXAS-TV.

KXAS-TV said it marked the third time a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race had been delayed by rain this season. The Daytona 500 was delayed six hours for rain while Bristol Motor Speedway's two delays stopped action for five hours, stated the television station.

Some took the delay in good spirits on social media.

Korie Robertson, the wife of Willie Robertson, the chief executive of Duck Commander, told KXAS-TV that about 30-40 members of the family were at the race.

"And some extras, some bearded people may have slipped in there claiming they were kin," Willie Robertson told the television station.

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