Michigan Postponed Again
August 20, 2007 | 7:44 P.M. EST
The last time the Cup Series competed on a Tuesday during NASCAR's Modern Era was in 1978 when the Firecracker 400 was run at Daytona on the 4th of July.
With a short week already on tap, as the series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night, the weather is playing havoc with the schedule.
One scenario being discussed if the rain doesn't move out of Michigan for the next several days is to push the race back to the Friday after Thanksgiving, which would in essence shift the "Chase" back one race, making New Hampshire on September 16th the final cut-off event rather than Richmond the week before.
The "Chase" would then start at Dover on September 23 with Michigan taking over the final race of the 10-event "Chase."
“The Chase field is set based on completion of the first 26 events,” said NASCAR’s Ramsey Poston. “The Chase is comprised of the final 10 races of the season, so if this race were not to be able to be completed this week, it will be moved to that week of Thanksgiving and would then become the final race of the season.”
But NASCAR remains hopeful such a radical change in the schedule won't be necessary.
Poston added that if rain does come into play Tuesday, logistically the sanctioning body was prepared for a Wednesday event.