After almost three months without seeing a stock car on track, NASCAR fans will have to wait a little longer to see racing.
The Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race from Daytona has been postponed from its scheduled Saturday night start to 11:00 AM (Eastern) on Sunday. In the hours leading up to the Clash, the track was already marred by catchfence repair after the ARCA Racing Series race, followed by rain that ended the race five laps early.
With five laps remaining in the ARCA race, Justin Fontaine was clipped by Codie Rohrbaugh as they entered the tri-oval, sending the former hard into the SAFER barrier. The impact rolled his #33 car onto its roof and forced officials to put out the red flag. Track safety workers extracted Fontaine from his car and airlifted to a local hospital, where he was reported to have suffered a mild compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae, but was in stable condition. During the red flag, rain began to fall as workers attempt to repair the catchfence. Time constraints forced ARCA to call the race early and Austin Theriault was declared the winner.
The Clash’s pre-race show on Fox Sports 1 began shortly after the ARCA race. During the show, rain continued to fall and NASCAR eventually announced its postponement to Sunday. As a result, the Clash will be held at 11:00 AM (Eastern), three-and-a-half hours before Daytona 500 qualifying. The event has not been held on a Sunday since 2006, a race won by rookie Denny Hamlin, who also won 2016’s race.