The finale NASCAR Cup race for the regular season was delayed to 10:05 a.m. ET on Sunday due to rain.
With only 21 laps remaining on Sunday, the race was put in a red flag as the downpour of rain came back to put the race on hold.
Rain had a crucial role in every this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, as it caused the cancelation of NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series qualifying.
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Several drivers were critical of NASCAR for not calling caution for rain before The Big One at Daytona
23XI co-owner Denny Hamlin was among those who blamed NASCAR officials for not calling a caution for rain before cars lost traction because of wet track and wrecked out on Sunday.
When asked by reporters what could be done to avoid a circumstances like that he replied
“Better officiating, that’s all we can do … we’ll learn from this, I’m sure.” he added.
Two spots is still open in the Cup Series playoff field, so this race will distinguish who will compete in the Round of 16 next week.
#NASCAR … I asked Denny Hamlin what can be done about that incident (caused by rain)
Denny: “Better officiating”
More of what Denny said after exiting the infield care center … pic.twitter.com/cLOqLIpfjk
— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) August 28, 2022
Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. are the only two drivers who can reach the playoffs based on points, however several other drivers could clinch a spot in the playoffs by pulling off a surprise win.