June 21 (UPI) -- NASCAR has moved Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway to Monday because of inclement weather.
The stock car series issued a lightning warning about an hour before the race's scheduled start time. Heavy rain and winds soon entered the area of the 2.66-mile track in central Alabama.
Track-drying efforts began at 4:05 p.m. EDT, and the lightning advisory was lifted at 4:27 p.m. EDT. However, another storm swept through the region at about 5 p.m. EDT and forced the cancellation.
The GEICO 500 is the ninth race since NASCAR resumed its season after a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.