The Latest: Early crash puts Xfinity race under caution

The Latest: Early crash puts Xfinity race under caution
Trucks try to dry the track during a rain delay before a NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. The race was postponed until Monday, Sept. 10. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s two races at Indianapolis on Monday (all times local):

11 a.m.

Three cautions have slowed the first stage of Monday’s rain-delayed Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis.

The first was a scheduled competition caution after 10 laps. The second was a brief yellow after Brandon Tower hit the wall in the second turn.

But the third was a multi-car crash that began when Ty Dillon spun in a three-wide pack behind the leaders. Elliott Sadler hit Dillon’s No. 3 car and both went hard into the third turn wall. Four other cars also were damaged.

Sadler started his final Indy race fourth in points.

The cleanup left the field with a first stage, one-lap shootout that John Hunter Nemechek barely won as the cars went four wide.


10:20 a.m.

Following two solid days of rain, the first of two NASCAR races is underway in Indianapolis.

The Xfinity Series race started shortly after 10 a.m. local time in Indianapolis with temperatures in the high 50s.

That’s still better than this weekend when rain washed out both the Xfinity race originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday’s Brickyard 400.

Inclement weather also canceled practice and qualifying for both series, meaning all drivers were scheduled to be driving around the historic 2.5-mile for the first and only time this week Monday.

The Brickyard 400 was scheduled to begin Monday afternoon. It is the final regular season race on this season’s schedule and the starting grid was determined by points.


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