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Af­ter a long de­lay, NASCAR post­pones the race at Michi­gan be­cause of rain

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The break in NASCAR’s Cup Se­ries sched­ule will have to wait at least an ex­tra day.

Sun­day’s race at Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speedway in Brook­lyn was post­poned be­cause of rain. It was resched­uled for Mon­day at 5 p.m. East­ern time, the se­cond time in just over a month that a Cup race has been pushed past the week­end be­cause of the weather.

The race at Dover early last month was also pushed to Mon­day. That left a quick turn­around be­fore the fol­low­ing Satur­day’s race in Kansas. That’s not an is­sue this time. The Cup sched­ule has an open date next week­end be­fore re­sum­ing June 23 at Sonoma. Of course, that means this de­lay eats into that time off.

Sun­day’s race never be­gan. The post­pone­ment was an­nounced af­ter a de­lay of about 21/2 hours from the sched­uled start time.

There was a brief mo­ment, about 90 min­utes be­fore the post­pone­ment, when a start seemed im­mi­nent. Detroit Li­ons Coach Matt Pa­tri­cia, the Grand Mar­shal, even gave the com­mand for driv­ers to start their engines. Cars were on the track, but rain quickly forced them to pit road.

Last year’s June race at Michi­gan was short­ened by rain, but it ended on Sun­day as planned. Clint Bowyer won that one. Kevin Har­vick won the Au­gust Cup race at MIS.

FOR­MULA ONE: De­fend­ing cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton won the Cana­dian Grand Prix in Mon­treal to ex­tend his over­all lead af­ter Fer­rari driver Se­bas­tian Vet­tel com­mit­ted yet an­other er­ror un­der pres­sure.

It was Hamil­ton’s fifth win in seven races and 78th over­all for the five-time F1 cham­pion. His sev­enth win in Canada moved him level all-time with Michael Schu­macher.

Vet­tel’s car crossed the line first but Hamil­ton won af­ter a time penalty was im­posed on Vet­tel. The Ger­man driver re­acted an­grily af­ter the race, in­clud­ing re­plac­ing a No. 1 sign in front of Hamil­ton’s car with a No. 2 sign.

“Ob­vi­ously I’m an­gry, as you can imag­ine,” Vet­tel said. “I gave ev­ery­thing I had to­day and more.”

Vet­tel fin­ished in se­cond place with team­mate Charles Le­clerc third ahead of Mercedes driver Valt­teri Bot­tas, who se­cured a bonus point for the fastest lap.

In the stand­ings, Hamil­ton is 29 points clear of Bot­tas and 62 ahead of Vet­tel head­ing into the French GP in two weeks.

Vet­tel was lead­ing the race from pole po­si­tion with a lit­tle more than 20 laps re­main­ing. But with Hamil­ton clos­ing in, Vet­tel veered onto the grass be­fore swerv­ing back onto the track and forc­ing Hamil­ton to slam on his brakes.

Race stew­ards handed Vet­tel a five-se­cond time penalty for un­safe reen­try.

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