Daytona 500 race: 40% chance of rain

Matt Kenseth was a happy camper with the rain-shortened 2009 Daytona 500 because he was declared the winner with 48 laps to go.

/DAYTONA BEACH -- Could Sunday's running of the Daytona 500 be a repeat of the rain-shortened 2009 race?

Things could get slick with the National Weather Service in Melbourne calling for a 40 percent chance of rain, though that precipitation could arrive by late afternoon.

With mostly cloudy skies, temperatures will peak at 67 degrees. And besides the rain factor, wind is another concern. East northeast wind is predicted between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Rain caused a race-shortened 2009 Daytona 500 resulting in victory for Matt Kenseth. He was leading with 48 laps to go when NASCAR officials called the race off with 48 laps to when a lingering area thunderstorm passed over Daytona International Speedway.

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