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Attendees were asked on Saturday to seek shelter due to lightning at the NASCAR Chicago Street Race.

Attendees were asked on Saturday to seek shelter due to lightning at the NASCAR Chicago Street Race.

Anthony Vazquez

The Loop 121 Xfinity race is postponed until Sunday morning

The Loop 121, the first race in the NASCAR Chicago Street Race, is postponed until Sunday, 10 a.m. CST.

The race, which was led by Cole Custer, was under a 30-minute weather delay around 5:05 p.m. on lap 26 of 55 because of lightning in the area.

The cars were brought onto Pit Road and drivers exited their cars. Video screens warned attendees of lightning in the area and asked them to clear the festival grounds.

Around 6:35 p.m. NASCAR announced the race will resume Sunday at 10 a.m. CST and will air on the USA Network. Gates open at 9 a.m. for in-person attendees. There is a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow morning.

The Chainsmokers concert was also canceled.

Cole Custer, led all 25 laps before the red flag.

“I was honestly shocked we didn’t wreck more cars.” Custer told NBC during the delay. “Hats off to the field so far.”

Statement by NASCAR:

“Due to the potential for continued lightning strikes and in the interest of public safety and caution, the facility needed to be evacuated. NASCAR had hoped to resume activities, but not until city officials allowed fans to return to the grandstands. The forecast for lightning extends into the next several hours, forcing NASCAR to postpone the completion of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race until tomorrow morning.”

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