Rain halted the Warner Hodgdon Carolina 500 Grand National stock car race after 143 laps. The rest of the 492-lap race is scheduled to be run next Sunday.

Cale Yarborough, winner of the Daytona 500 last month, took the lead on lap 127 and was far ahead of Bobby Allison when the cars were halted. It was the sixth straight time that a Grand National race at North Carolina Motor Speedway had been interrupted by rain or snow.

The race started 1 hour 50 minutes late due to a morning-long rain.

The first 22 laps were run under a caution flag as the 35-car starters helped dry out the soaked 1.017-mile banked asphalt oval before the green flag fell on lap 23.

Several of the big name drivers were eliminated early and will remain out of the action next week.

Dave Marcis brought out a caution flag on lap 39 when his engine blew in turn one and smoke filled his Chevrolet as flames poured out from underneath. Marcis shut off the engine, kept it under control and steered the car to a safe stop while perched in the driver's-side window. He was not injured.

Dale Earnhardt, who started fourth and led the 30th lap, banged fenders with Lake Speed on lap 72 and slid backward into the turn one rail. He was able to drive to the pits, but the frame of his Ford Thunderbird was bent and he was through for the day.