NASCAR was battling the elements again Monday -- a day after rain postponed the Daytona 500 for the first time since the event began in 1959.

After hours of intermittent showers Sunday, race officials decided to pull the plug and give it another try on Monday. The race initially was set for a 12:01 p.m. ET start, but organizers later pushed the start time back to 7 p.m., officials said.

The race will air locally on FOX40 at 4 p.m., Pacific time.

"This is one of the toughest things for us drivers," Carl Edwards said. "When you put that off for another day for all of us, it's now (about) who can really stay focused."

Fellow driver Bobby Labonte shrugged off the delay.

"(There's) not a whole lot we can do about the weather, but you just try to plan as much as possible," the winner of 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races said. "When you get in the race car, then everything else goes away and you're just ready to go."

The Daytona 500 opens the NASCAR season, but it also is the sport's most prestigious race. Daytona International Speedway announced this month that the race will boast a record purse of more than $19 million. In comparison, last year's Indianapolis 500 had a payout of $13.5 million.

Race officials were battling the odds again Monday. The National Weather Service forecast called for an 80% chance of precipitation along the central Florida coast.

Before this year, the Daytona 500 had a sparkling record with only four of the previous 53 races shortened by rain -- in 1965, 1966, 2003 and 2009. None had ever been canceled for the day.