Rain delays start of Xfinity Series' return at Darlington

A NASCAR official wears a face mask because of the coronavirus pandemic as he works inside the garage before the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race Tuesd...
A crew member takes shelter under a tent as rain falls at the Darlington Raceway before the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in ...
The car for driver Landon Cassill is pushed out of the garage area before the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Darlington, S....

A NASCAR official wears a face mask because of the coronavirus pandemic as he works inside the garage before the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race Tuesd...

A crew member takes shelter under a tent as rain falls at the Darlington Raceway before the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in ...

The car for driver Landon Cassill is pushed out of the garage area before the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Darlington, S....

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Xfinity Series racers will have to wait a little longer for their first event since March as rain has hit Darlington Raceway, delaying the start of the Toyota 200 on Tuesday.

Officials had already moved up the scheduled 8 p.m. start two hours because of the threat of bad weather later on. But rain hit the area around 4 p.m. and several heavy waves have drenched the country track.

Jet driers were dispatched several times when it appeared the storms had subsided. A short time later, they were shut down as the rain intensified.

This is the series' first race since March 7 at Phoenix. NASCAR returned to racing when its top series ran a 400-mile race on Sunday.

All drivers, teams and essential personnel were screened at the track before being let in. All cars passed pre-race inspection. Now, the wait is on for the weather to let up.

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