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Daytona 500 Is Now a Night Race

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Tony Stewart's car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Tony Stewart’s car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR president Mike Helton says the Daytona 500 will start Monday night at 7 p.m.

Heavy rain soaked Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, forcing NASCAR to postpone the event for the first time in its 54-year history.

The 500-mile race initially was rescheduled for noon Monday. It was still raining Monday morning.

Carl Edwards, runner-up to Tony Stewart in last year’s championship race, will start from the pole. Former IndyCar star Danica Patrick will make her Daytona 500 debut.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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