The weather forecast for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway is not promising. Weekend washing is possible.
Rain is expected to return to the track after storms on Saturday forced NASCAR to cancel Cup and Truck Series qualifying races and postpone the main Truck Series race. The trucks managed a few laps of the race before the track turned into a muddy mess.
Below are the moments that led to NASCAR’s decision to cancel the heat races and postpone the truck race, and a look at what lies ahead for Sunday.
NASCAR Race Weather Updates
SUNDAY MARCH 27: the National Meteorological Service has more bad news for Bristol:
Showers and thunderstorms before noon, then showers likely. Some storms could be severe. Scattered fog between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. High near 66. Wind southwest 10 to 15 mph, gusting up to 25 mph. The risk of precipitation is 90%. Further amounts of precipitation are possible between 1 and 2 inches. Sunday evening: 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Wind northwest 10 to 15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph.
The green flag for the Cup Series race is set for 4 p.m. ET and the green flag for the rescheduled Truck Series race is set at approximately 9 p.m. ET. The above forecast does not make any start time realistic. This raises the possibility of a double Monday, when clear conditions are expected.
SATURDAY MARCH 26: Severe weather remained in the area after NASCAR canceled the race on Saturday night.
Radar painted a grim picture after the trucks were ordered off the runway.
NASCAR canceled the heat races and rescheduled the main truck until 6 p.m. ET.
There was still a threat on Saturday of thunderstorms and hail turning the track into mud.