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The absence of lights for night racing at the 0.526-mile oval meant the window for racing was already small considering the time it would take to dry the track if the rain stopped.
NASCAR does not allow a race to start unless it's feasible for the entire event to be run, and races at Martinsville take up to 4 hours to complete.
The call to postpone was made about 90 minutes after the scheduled 1 p.m. start.
The postponement also will push back Denny Hamlin's plans to have arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He still hopes to have the procedure this week so he'll have time to recover before the next race on April 10.
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