AdvoCare 500 postponed until Tuesday morning

HAMPTON, Ga. ( - The fans were ready. The teams were ready. NASCAR was ready. But the weather wouldn't cooperate Sunday, forcing the postponement of the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Due to public safety concerns -- Monday's forecast calls for possible tornadoes and strong winds in addition to up to 2 inches of rain -- NASCAR president Mike Helton said the race has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, and will be broadcast live on ESPN. The garage will open two hours earlier for crews.

Compounding the issue is the fact that teams need time to prepare for Saturday night's race at Richmond, the final race before the Chase field is set. Helton said that factored into the sanctioning body's decision.

"Hopefully, the weather will be OK Tuesday and we'll just be a couple of days behind [heading to Richmond]," Helton said. "But we'll catch up pretty quick, I hope."

Helton said it will be up to series director John Darby and director of competition Robin Pemberton as to what adjustments will be allowed to be made on the cars, which haven't been on the track since Saturday afternoon.