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Sunscreen and rain gear. I've only covered two races, but it doesn't take any NASCAR knowledge to know that an 8 p.m. race in July just might get rained on. And sure enough, just like last year, this year's Pepsi 400 was delayed by rain. The first full-speed lap wasn't until about 11p.m. - about the time when the checkered flag should have come out. Instead, Tony Stewart finally crossed the finish line at 1:45 a.m. He celebrated by climbing the flag stand and pumping his fist in the air towards the fans (instead of cursing at them). I felt a whole lot more comfortable this year than last. And I must say - pit road is a much more exciting place to be at the checkered flag than turn 4.