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NASCAR race in Kentucky postponed until noon Sunday
SPARTA, Ky. Rain Saturday night forced NASCAR to postpone the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway until noon Sunday.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start on the pole in a Chevy alongside Carl Edwards' Ford for the 400-mile event.
It was the circuit's first postponement since last year's season-opening Daytona 500. The marquee event ran the following night for the first time in its history.
Sunday's rescheduling creates the first day Cup race for the 1.5-mile oval after two events at night.
Kyle Busch won the inaugural running of the race in 2011, and Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag last year en route to the series championship.
The Quaker State 400 marks the start of the 10-event Race to the Chase, the defining stretch for drivers trying to gain or hold positions in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the 10-race playoff that will determine the Cup champion.
The top 10 drivers in the standings earn berths in the Chase, along with the two drivers in positions 11-20 with the most victories. Position in the standings is the tiebreaker among drivers with the same number of wins.
Earnhardt, who qualified at a track-record 183.636 mph, hasn't won since June of last year at Michigan, but he's currently tied with Greg Biffle for sixth in the Cup standings. Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson leads the series by 25 points over second-place Carl Edwards.
Edwards and Johnson qualified second and third, respectively, for the Quaker State 400.