Fans attend a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Sunday, June 30, 2019. Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway was delayed by inclement weather. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Latest: NASCAR Cup race resumes after weather delay

June 30, 2019 - 3:38 pm

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway (all times local):

5:35 p.m.

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway has resumed after being delayed for more than three hours by thunderstorms.

The drivers completed 11 laps before the race was stopped because of lightning in the area. Jimmie Johnson was in the lead, followed by Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney.

It was 93 degrees when the race started. It was about 72 when it resumed.

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2:20 p.m.

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is being delayed by lightning.

It's a hot and humid day and a line of thunderstorms is moving into the area. Track officials are encouraging fans to evacuate the seating area and take shelter.

The drivers completed 11 laps before NASCAR halted the race. Jimmie Johnson was in the lead, followed by Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney.

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2:05 p.m.

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway is underway.

Austin Dillon led the field to the starting line. He started from the pole for the third time this season.

The race is scheduled for 267 laps and 400.5 miles, but it's a hot and humid day and a line of thunderstorms appeared to be moving into the area.

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8:45 a.m.

Weather is a concern for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

There are scattered thunderstorms in the forecast Sunday afternoon at the suburban racetrack.

Austin Dillon starts from the pole for the third time this season and sixth of his career. The Richard Childress Racing driver is seeking his first win since last year's Daytona 500.

Kevin Harvick, a two-time winner on the bumpy 1.5-mile oval, also is on the front row. Daniel Hemric, one of Dillon's teammates at RCR, qualified third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch.

Last year's Cup race at Chicagoland was one of the series' best finishes of the season, with Kyle Busch winning a late duel with Kyle Larson.

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