DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

NASCAR's premier event, the season-opening Daytona 500, has been postponed by rain.

Although heavy showers have stopped and numerous jet driers are pushing water off Daytona International Speedway, radar shows more storm cells moving toward the high-banked track.

NASCAR executive Steve O'Donnell wrote on his Twitter feed that "we'll need some help as rain still headed this way."

Heavy showers drenched the famed speedway earlier Sunday, sending fans scattering for cover and leaving everyone in wait-and-see mode.

NASCAR officials said the race is slated to start at noon on Monday.