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Austin Dillon, driver of Bbad Pro Shops / Cabela & # 39; s Chevrolet, and Ryan Reed, driver of Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford, will head the field for a restart during the NASCIA Xfinity Series LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Dillon won the race. (Photo: Jerry Markland, Getty Images)

Brooklyn, Mich. – Sunday's rain delayed the 2:15 p.m. Start of the FireKeepers Casino 400 for two and a half hours.

The first race of the NASCAR Cup of the 50th anniversary season of Michigan International Speedway finally took the green flag at 4:45 pm

The drivers spent part of the delay interviewing the badembled media to cover the 15th race season of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup.

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Ford was strong in the field of clbadification with seven of the 10 best and eight of the 12 first clbadified, including the winner of the pole Kurt Busch (203.361) and Brad Keselowski (203.166), Rochester, starting second.

Keselowski is looking for his first victory in the NASCAR Cup at MIS, although he won Xfinity races here in 2009 and 2010.

Erik Jones, from Byron, Michigan, will start from the back row after Sunday's race inspections by The morning revealed splitter violations on his and two Joe Gibbs Racing's other two.

NOAA forecasts more than 50 percent chance of precipitation until 9 p. m., and the weather radars show a bit of a break, but there is no significant lack of rain or cloudiness until the turn over Lake Michigan.