Rain has delayed the start of today's race at Pocono. I've temporarily disabled commenting for this chat. It will be re-enabled 10-15 minutes prior to the drop of the green flag. Until then, I will post any updates I hear upon possible start times.
Once the rain stops, it will take approximately 2 hours to dry the track. However, once this cell passes, there is another line of storms making their way in from the west that could prove problematic in a few hours as well.
Rain has slowed to a drizzle and jet dryers are about to be deployed to the track.
Driver intros moved to 2 p.m. ET.
Latest report is possibly a green flag between 3 and 3:30 p.m. ET if no more rain.
Unfortunately, it's almost a certainty that another round of storms is going to hit the track this afternoon, so even if the race does go green, it's unlikely it will stay green long enough to get to halfway. But I could be wrong, I'm not a real meteorologist after all, I just play one on the internet.
Driver intros, invocation and anthem complete, but no official word from NASCAR as to when they'll fire engines.
Teams have been told to take the covers off their cars and drivers have been summoned to pit road.
Engines about to fire, I'm officially opening this chat for business. You'll probably to reload if you wish to leave comments.
Drivers get the command to start engines.
Hey mikeyfan, it's going OK.
It's just me today as Pete is on MRN radio duties.
Pete has an answer for you on that BTW, I've asked him to blog about it.
My official pick for the win at Pocono -- @dennyhamlin #nascar
NASCAR controls us in no such manner.
I'm still skeptical as to whether we can even get halfway today. We'll see. #nascar
And we're green at Pocono. #nascar
Montoya leads Lap 1, though Hamlin gave it a nice try. #nascar
Nope, I didn't do anything mikeyfan. Maybe just a hiccup.
Kyle Busch with a big surge in the opening laps, from 20th to 12th. #nascar