A familiar scene at Daytona and Talladega, invited by horsepower-sapping rules dating back to 1988. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/TNS

Rain, lightning and impending darkness forced NASCAR to delay Sunday’s GEICO 500 Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway until Monday.

Green flag on Monday is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on FOX.

The race was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Sunday but the rain and lightning prevented that and caused a delay. At about 5:15 p.m. ET, the announcement to postpone was made by NASCAR officials.

Stewart-Haas Racing reacted on Twitter to the news that the show was halted until Monday:

“What did one raindrop say to the other? Two’s company, three’s a cloud. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t want to work with us this -FathersDay.”

Martin Truex Jr. will be the polesitter.

Sunday’s race was to be the ninth since the COVID-19 pandemic put the series in hiatus from March 8 to May 17.

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