NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona postponed until Monday

By Thomson Reuters Feb 17, 2024 | 5:34 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Saturday’s scheduled NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway has been postponed to Monday morning because of rain.

The season-opening race has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. and will be broadcast on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

During a break in the weather on Saturday afternoon, the Xfinity Series cars were able to qualify. Richard Childress Racing teammates Jesse Love (a Sunoco rookie) and Austin Hill ran 1-2 in time trials, with Love securing his first pole position in his first career attempt.

Hill, a four-time winner with RCR last year, is the two-time defending winner of the Xfinity season opener at Daytona. Hill posted a time of 49.705 seconds (181.068 mph) in qualifying, narrowly losing the pole to Love’s 49.702 (181.079 mph).

Veteran AJ Allmendinger, who returns to the series full-time, will start third, with Parker Kligerman beside him in the fourth spot.

New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen, winner of last year’s Chicago Street Race in his first NASCAR Cup Series start, had an auspicious beginning to his Xfinity Series career with a fifth-place qualifying effort in Kaulig Racing’s No. 97 Chevrolet.

After qualifying, the rain picked up later in the afternoon, forcing the postponement.

–By NASCAR NewsWire, Special to Field Level Media