After rain delayed the NASCAR Cup Series’ season-opening Daytona 500, the sport has been relatively lucky when it comes to inclement weather.
However, that could change for Sunday’s Food City Dirt Race (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX) at Bristol Motor Speedway.
For the first time in more than 50 years, the Cup Series will race on dirt, and an ugly Sunday weather forecast might force eager fans and NASCAR bettors to wait even longer.
Let’s take a look at the latest NASCAR at Bristol weather forecast and what it means for the race, especially when considering a dirt surface compared to the traditional pavement surfaces.
NASCAR at Bristol Weather Forecast
According to the National Weather Service, there is a 100% chance of rain (and potentially thunderstorms) in Bristol, including the possibility of up to three quarters of an inch of rain.
And because the track surface is dirt, steady precipitation would certainly force a delay.
Per Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass, if enough rain falls on the track, officials will have to delay the race and make sure the surface isn’t too muddy or slick before going back racing.
In case you’re wondering, Bristol Motor Speedway has lights, so NASCAR has the ability to wait out any delays and go green after the sun sets, which is certainly a possibility considering the chance of rain falls to just 10% in the evening.
In the unlikely event NASCAR does have to postpone the Food City Dirt Race until Monday, the latest Bristol weather forecast is calling for plenty of sun and a 0% chance of rain.
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