Cole Pearn is the crew chief of the No. 19 Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Cole Pearn was a little more put off than most of the folks in the garages over Sunday’s postponement of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Rain, or more like an off-and-on drizzle, forced the race to be moved to Monday at 5 p.m. ET on FS1. The race will follow FS1’s previously scheduled Women’s World Cup Soccer match between Cameroon and Canada at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.
Pearn, a native of London, Ontario, and crew chief of the No. 19 Toyota of driver Martin Truex Jr. and Joe Gibbs Racing, was upset that he wouldn’t be able to use his tickets to Monday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals featuring his Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors. Toronto leads the series 3-1 and has a chance to clinch its first championship.
Here’s the tweet, which was later taken down:
Pearn, who went to Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30, was hoping an early start to the race might have afforded him a chance to scramble his way to Toronto in time for the Monday night basketball game scheduled to begin shortly after 9 p.m. EST.
The 5 p.m. start will be the latest scheduled start time for a Cup race at Michigan.
“I really wanted to get (the NASCAR race) in,” Pearn said during Sunday’s rain delay. “I thought that even if it got rained out, I’d be OK. When I heard they were planning a 5:30 p.m. start, I thought they were messing with me.”
A 2007 August race at MIS won by Kurt Busch started at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday.
And, yes, rain is predicted for at least the first half of the day on Monday in Brooklyn, Michigan.
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