Update: Daytona 500 still on for 7 p.m. start

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 4:24 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 2:09 AM
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DAYTONA BEACH -- The Daytona 500 appears on target for a 7 p.m. start after the race was postponed Sunday for the first time in its 54-year history.

Rain began falling again around 4 p.m. but the radar shows it may be of a short duration.

The heaviest rain in the Daytona Beach area stopped around 11:30 a.m. and there have been only occasional light sprinkles during the afternoon. The huge Jet Dryers have been on the Daytona International Speedway track for two hours and the only standing water left is on the flat apron area near the entrance to Pit Row.

The hourly forecast for Daytona Beach calls for a 30 percent chance of rain through 5 p.m., dropping to 20 percent through the rest of the night.

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