Rain again delaying NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas

The green flag starts a rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. The event was originally scheduled to begin around 2:00 p.m. ET, but Mother Nature had other plans.

After over five hours of waiting for the rain to stop and battling to get the track dry, the drivers climbed aboard their machines and got ready to do battle on the 1.5-mile track. "Now we're going to go to Homestead, we're going to do what we need to do". Best case scenario is that the team gets two more cars into the final, but that will certainly come with hard internal feelings.

But the rain, which caused a six-hour delay to the start of the race, grew increasingly heavy after the field was called down pit road under yellow.

For Edwards, who entered Sunday last among title-eligibles and 32 points from the cutline, a win wasn't necessarily expected, especially after he had lamented his performance through the first round.

Joey Logano had the auto to beat in the first session of the race.

In addition, NASCAR instituted a scheduled caution period after 25 green-flag laps. He ran up front until Edwards was able to beat him off pit road.

With the threat of raining growing, Edwards knew it was now up to him to stay out front. The race began after an nearly five-hour delay because of rain and an extreme length of time required to dry the 1.5-mile track.

Carl Edwards left Phoenix International Raceway almost a year ago drenching wet and in bewilderment. Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images.

Other than trying to catch early race leader Joey Logano, Sprint Cup drivers' biggest problem on Sunday night was tires. Therefore, fans are subject to long rain delays that have become the norm in recent years. I think we are in (the Chase top-four) right now, but it sure would have been nice to be locked in. I feel like ever since that checkered flag fell, man, I just wanted that opportunity again.

Cousin Carl may be known as Comeback Carl after this season's run in the Chase.

"After Martinsville, people said that's it for us", Edwards said.

The next stop for Edwards and Rogers will be Phoenix, technically, but the driver is already thinking about the Homestead-Miami Speedway, scene of the one-race showdown to determine the Sprint Cup champion in two weeks. This was a great test, we came here, knew what we had to do and performed the way we needed to.

Logano and Busch hold the final two Chase transfer positions, both one point ahead of Matt Kenseth and two points ahead of Denny Hamlin.

"I'll do that again at Homestead", he said. Kurt Busch at 34 points back is in the worst shape of the bunch for a shot to win the title.

Busch, Kenseth and Hamlin will likely all be racing for themselves on Sunday and teamwork will be an afterthought. Kevin Harvick is in seventh, 18 points behind the 4th place cutoff, but is banking on winning at Phoenix where he is no doubt the favorite.

It's a lead he didn't surrender, courtesy of timely rain showers hitting the track a little after 10 p.m. He's also in a situation that Harvick handles quite well - he pretty much has to win or won't make it to the finale for a third straight year.

  • Delores Daniels