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Tropical Storm Lee: bad news for NASCAR's Atlanta 500 fans

  Kurt Busch, umbrella in hand, waits out Sunday's rain, in vain (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)

   By Mike Mulhern


   Persistent light rain, the leading bands from Tropical Storm Lee, forced NASCAR to postpone Sunday night's Atlanta 500, and the forecast of heavy rain all day Monday pushed the sanctioning body to reschedule the four-hour event for an 11 a.m. ET Tuesday start.

  "This is a no-win situation," NASCAR president Mike Helton said.
   The delay of a Sunday race until Tuesday is seemingly unprecedented, but the forecast appears to be in line with that move, particularly with the possibility of tornadoes involved.
   NASCAR said the safety of fans was part of its consideration.
   With an earlier start, such as 1 p.m., much of the race, if not all of it, might have been run Sunday. But by the 7:30 p.m. starting time, rain was already moving in.



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