Start of Saturday’s Cup in Pocono delayed due to weather

Pocono Raceway Rain

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The start of Saturday’s NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway was delayed due to bad weather.

The rain fell in Long Pond, Pennsylvania and required track drying efforts. The green flag for Pocono Organics 325 in association with the Rodale Institute was originally scheduled to fly at 3:54 pm ET. Coverage is on FOX, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Drivers were called to their cars at 4 p.m. ET with the national anthem at 4:15 p.m. ET and the green flag directed at approximately 4:35 p.m. ET. However, the persistent precipitation caused the race to not start until 4:50 pm ET.

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The race is a 130-lap event in the “Tricky Triangle” for 325 miles.

Aric Almirola drew pole position in a random draw and led the field to green in his No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet when the time came. Last Monday’s winner at Talladega Superspeedway, Ryan Blaney, shot alongside Almirola in Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford.

Saturday marks the first of two NASCAR Cup races at Pocono. The second is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The Saturday Cup race marks the 14th of the 2020 season and the 10th since the sport returned from COVID-19 arrest.