October 26, 2003
(Hampton-AP) -- Rain forced postponement of the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Winston Cup race today after just 39 of the scheduled 325 laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Racing will resume at 11 am tomorrow. NASCAR officials tried to wait for the bad weather to pass, but finally were forced to call it off when heavy rain began falling again at 5:55 pm, nearly five hours after the racing was halted.
Kevin Harvick, who started tenth in the 43-car field was leading six-time Atlanta winner Bobby Labonte and five-time winner Bill Elliott when the rain first began falling on lap 33. A red flag halted the action after six laps under caution. Ryan Newman, who started from the pole in quest of his ninth victory of the season, led the first 12 laps before being passed by Harvick.
Dale Earnhardt Junior shot past to take second on lap 14, and Newman faded to ninth before the race was stopped. The rest of the top ten included Earnhardt, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Spencer, Newman and Jeremy Mayfield.
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