Busch race postponed until today


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Rain washed out Friday night’s Busch Series race at Daytona International Speedway, and NASCAR rescheduled the event for Saturday morning.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. EDT and create a day-night doubleheader of racing at NASCAR’s premier track. The Nextel Cup event is scheduled for 8 p.m.

It could make for a very long day – and 650 miles of racing – for the 20 drivers who were entered in both events. Among those who are scheduled to run both races are two-time defending Pepsi 400 champion Tony Stewart, defending Busch race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick.

NASCAR faced a similar situation at Charlotte in 2003, when the Busch race was rescheduled for the afternoon before the Cup race – creating 800 miles of racing. Greg Biffle won the Busch race, Stewart won the Cup event and 10 drivers did double-duty. Matt Kenseth pulled out of the Busch race.