NASCAR race climate: Will rain in Daytona forecast delay Saturday evening’s race?

Cease us should you’ve heard this earlier than: Inclement climate is threatening to delay a NASCAR Cup Sequence race at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.

That is the sport NASCAR performs every summer season, historically in July however this yr in late August for the sequence’ regular-season finale. Central Florida this time of yr is vulnerable to each day passing storm programs, and based mostly on the forecast for Saturday evening in Daytona Seaside, the Coke Zero Sugar 400’s later date on the schedule won’t put it aside from a rain delay for the second consecutive season.

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Saturday evening’s race at Daytona is scheduled to start out at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and run 160 laps. It wants to succeed in solely the midway level at Lap 80 to be thought-about official.

Daytona clearly has lights, so NASCAR in principle might delay the race late into Saturday evening if want be. Nonetheless, NASCAR simply might push the race again to Sunday if climate makes a Saturday evening occasion not possible. There aren’t any schedule points with the weekend’s Xfinity Sequence race at Daytona already accomplished and subsequent week’s Darlington race scheduled for Sunday evening.

Under are the newest climate updates for the Daytona Seaside space on Saturday evening as NASCAR tries to conclude its Cup Sequence common season on time.

NASCAR race climate updates at Daytona

Here’s a dwell climate radar for Daytona Seaside, Fla. The hourly forecast requires a 30 p.c likelihood of precipitation and remoted thunderstorms round 7 p.m. ET. The rain probabilities dip to 25 p.c at eight p.m. ET earlier than climbing to 50 p.c at 9 p.m. ET.

Under are the newest climate updates from Daytona:

5:21 p.m. ET: The clouds over Daytona Worldwide Speedway are ominous somewhat greater than two hours earlier than the beginning of the race.

The wind appears to have picked up and darkish clouds are rolling in over Daytona. Automobiles being gridded for the ultimate race of the regular-season with the inexperienced flag scheduled to be at 7:30 p.m. ET | #NASCAR

— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) August 29, 2020

four:42 p.m. ET: A storm system is approaching the observe however has not but reached Daytona.

A couple of hours from 7:30pm ET inexperienced flag and showers in space however not at race observe at second. #NASCAR Race Hub will get you began at 5pm ET. NBCSN goes on at 6pm ET with protection shifting to NBC at 7pm ET.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 29, 2020

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