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Sunday live from Watkins Glen: NASCAR race postponed to 10 a.m. Monday

Hello and a good morning to you on this race day.

8:35 a.m. First things first from our Corning hotel. The forecast is better now than it was yesterday.

The chance of rain is down from 80 to 60 percent. There seems to be significant rain headed our way on the weather.com map that I just checked on my phone, but it also looks like it will pass through. We might be looking at a rain-delayed or rain-shortened race rather than a rainout. We shall see. More to come from the track.

10:16 a.m. We're settled in here at the media center in the infield of the track -- located just behind pit road, close to the start/finish line. I breezed into the track via another favorite route, and no, I'm not revealing this one either.

Just after walking in, a huddle of about six reporters formed around a laptop and I actually heard one say, "well I think we might be OK after this low pressure here." You go to a sports event and a weather report breaks out.

Talk here is that the rain will come later in the afternoon, which is backed up by the weather.com forecast. We're optimistic here that we'll have a good chance to get at least 45 of the 90 laps finished before any delay occurs -- once a race goes halfway, it is official.  

11:22 a.m. Uh-oh. Hourly forecast now has rain coming earlier.

12:33 p.m. Uh-oh again. The map looks bad and we should be getting hit any minute now.

A very reliable source -- I'm getting married to her -- says Buffalo got hit hard by a downpour an hour or so ago. The chatter in the media center has hopefully a delayed race, hopefully not a postponed race until Monday, and hopefully (but looking at weather forecasts you can understand this) not a postponed race until Tuesday (!). We'll see. 

12:38 p.m. I'm going to get the live blog box ready although I'm not sure how much action we'll be tracking.

12:42 p.m. Check in the live blog box below for (hopefully) live updates of the race.

 

4:41 p.m. We closed out the live chat above. To recap: today's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International has been postponed to 10 a.m. Monday.

It is the second time in three years that the race has been postponed -- the 2009 race was the first to be delayed in NASCAR's history at the Glen.

Monday's forecast is not great either. Gotta love it. 

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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