Watkins Glen on rain delay

Marcos Ambrose should be on pins and needles but says he’s not. “No, not at all,” Ambrose said Sunday after NASCAR postponed the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International because of rain.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Marcos Ambrose should be on pins and needles but says he’s not.

“No, not at all,” Ambrose said Sunday after NASCAR postponed the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International because of rain. “It keeps me relaxed.

“You can’t fight the weather, so I just worry about stuff you can control. I’ve got the kids here with me, so I’m going to play with them a little bit and chill out.”

Steady rain that began just when the race was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and did not abate in time for track crews to dry the 2.45-mile racing surface.

They did give it a shot with jet driers that got the front straightaway nearly race-ready, but a second front moved in, forcing the postponement.

The race is now scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. today, but rain also is in the forecast in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

NASCAR spokeswoman Kristi King said the race would be staged Tuesday if necessary. The 2009 Watkins Glen Cup race won by Tony Stewart also was postponed a day after the track was hit by a string of thunderstorms.

If there is a long delay here, it might change Ambrose’s outlook, which wasn’t good when he arrived on Friday. Although he had won the past three Nationwide races at the storied road course, the affable Australian was unable to land a ride this year and wasn’t happy about it.