Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR CHARLOTTE WEATHER FORECAST

2014 NASCAR Weather Forecasts for Sprint Cup All-Star Race and Iowa Speedway Nationwide Series

Weather for both tonight’s Sprint Cup All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway on Sunday look to be quiet from weather stand point. Fair weather is expected for both and pleasant racing temperatures. Detailed forecasts for both races can be found below.

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SATURDAY:
7:10 p.m. EDT
Sprint All-Star Race qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 68
9:10 p.m. EDT
Sprint All-Star Race – Mostly clear – temp: 64

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SUNDAY:
1 p.m. EDT
Nationwide pre-race – Mostly sunny – temp: 63
2 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Race – Mostly sunny – temp: 65
3 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Race – Mostly sunny – temp: 67
4 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Race – Mostly sunny – temp: 67
5 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Race – Mostly sunny – temp: 67

NASCAR KANSAS WEATHER FORECAST

2014 NASCAR at Kansas Speedway race day weather: Scattered storms in the forecast

It’s race day at Kansas Speedway for tonight’s Sprint Cup 5-Hour Energy 400. You may want to have a few 5-Hour energies around just in case a few scattered to isolated storms pop up later this afternoon and evening over the track.

Warm front lifting north later today across eastern Kansas and western Missouri will spark areas of showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening. Looking at the latest data this morning, it appears the window of development is between 3 p.m. CDT to 8 p.m. CDT.

The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma has the Kansas City metro area under a “slight risk” for severe thunderstorms later this afternoon. This means that any storms that form later today has the potential to be severe. A severe storm will have strong damaging winds of over 58 mph and hail of one inch in diameter or larger. That appears to be the main threat with any storm that forms today. While these storms could form a tornado, the threat is not very high.

This forecast is challenging because we are dealing with scattered showers and storms. Imagine taking a bag of marbles, dumping them on a checkered board patterned floor and trying to predict exactly what square each marble will land. It’s nearly impossible and that is the scenario for this afternoon.

We know storms will form later today over the area, we know between what times to expect this but we can’t pinpoint exactly where and when these storms will occur. If you are going to the track today, keep an eye to the sky and as soon as you see the skies get dark and you hear thunder, seek shelter immediately.

WILL WE RACE TONIGHT? Yes, I think NASCAR gets the 5-Hour Energy 400 in this evening. While a couple of rain related delays are not out of the question I give the odds of racing and finishing tonight to be better than 75 percent.

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SATURDAY:
6:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup pre-race – Partly cloudy, scattered storms – temp: 83
7:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Partly cloudy, scattered storms – temp: 80
8:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Partly cloudy, scattered storms – temp: 77
9:30 p.m.EDT
Sprint Cup race – Partly cloudy, scattered storms – temp: 74
10:30 p.m.EDT
Sprint Cup race – Partly cloudy, scattered storms – temp: 72
11:30 p.m.EDT
Sprint Cup race – Partly cloudy, scattered storms – temp: 70

NASCAR TEXAS WEATHER FORECAST

Could Prime Time be the Right Time for Racing at Texas Motor Speedway

Rain showers and a few storms storms will pass over Texas Motor Speedway this morning and into the afternoon. The odds of starting the Duck Commander 500 on time this afternoon (green flag at approximately  3:16 p.m. EDT) is less than 10 percent. I’d say the odds are the same for seeing any racing this afternoon.

The good news, like Bristol and Daytona earlier this season, we should be able to race today, just under the lights later this evening and tonight. Rain showers are anticipated to start to diminishing over Texas Motor Speedway between 6 p.m. EDT and 8 p.m. EDT. Rain and any remaining storms begin to break up creating more opportunities to dry the track. Id’ give the odds of racing later this evening and tonight to be between 60 and 70 percent.

Despite all the rain that NASCAR has had to endure this season at several tracks so far this season there has yet to be a Monday race. I don’t think we break that streak today and we go racing later tonight.

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Conditions in Fort Worth, TX: Click here for Current Weather ConditionsLook at Doppler Radar | Mobile Friendly Site | Mobile Radar

SUNDAY:
1:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup pre-race – Rain & possible t’storms – temp: 50
2:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup pre-race – Rain & possible t’storms – temp: 51
3:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Rain & possible t’storms – temp: 53
4:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Rain & possible t’storms – temp: 54
5:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Rain & possible t’storms– temp: 54
6:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, scattered showers & storms – temp: 53
7:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, scattered showers & storms – temp: 52
8:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, scattered showers & storms – temp: 51
9:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, chance of a shower/storm – temp: 51
10:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, chance of a shower/storm – temp: 50
11:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, chance of a shower/storm – temp: 49

BRISTOL NASCAR WEATHER FORECAST

2014 NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway Race Day Weather Forecast: It’s Gonna Rain

The weather forecast for the Sprint Cup Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway remains as wet as it has been all week. Storm system will spread rain across east Tennessee Sunday morning and keep the rain around for most of the day and even into the afternoon.

The above image is an animated forecast map from 8 a.m. EST Sunday until midnight on Monday. Rain arrives between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. EST and continues through the morning and into the afternoon. Some of the forecast models I’ve looked at try to break some of the rain up as we go into late afternoon and evening. While some of the showers are possible to become more broken and scattered, I feel there is just too much moisture in place today to see any racing at Bristol, that includes racing at night.

CAN WE RACE SUNDAY? My odds of seeing any racing on the track today at Bristol Motor Speedway continue to hover near 20 to 25 percent. While there are some forecast floating around out there that has the rain drying out late afternoon and into the evening, I just think there are too many things working against NASCAR racing today and even tonight.

It all comes down to if we see any breaks in the rain as we go into the afternoon and evening. If any of these potential windows are large enough for the Air Titan to dry the track and get the cars racing. If by some chance NASCAR manages to get a large window, will it be open long enough after drying to get an official race (making it to halfway or beyond). It feels like too many things have to go right for NASCAR to be able to race today at Bristol Motor Speedway.

BUT BRISTOL HAS LIGHTS, CAN WE RACE AT NIGHT? As I said above, even when I factor in the lights and how quick Air Titan can dry the track, I am just not feeling confident that we get a long enough window to race to halfway or beyond. That’s if we see a window to begin with. Even if the steady rain ends in the afternoon and evening there is a good possibility that drizzle will set up in the valleys keeping everything wet for most of the evening and night.

YOU’RE A METEOROLOGIST, YOU CAN BE WRONG: This is very true, my forecast could be wrong. Many meteorologists, including myself, were wrong about the rain we had in Phoenix just two weeks ago. The difference between then and now is the kind of weather system we are going to see. In Phoenix, we had a cold front that was going to spark showers and storms near and around the track. We got lucky that most of the rain formed around the track but never hitting until the second half of the Nationwide race.

I’ve talked with other meteorologist like my NASCAR weather colleague on Twitter @RaceWeather and looked at the National Weather Service forecast and there is just too much agreement that rain is working against NASCAR racing today and tonight.

SHOULD I GO TO THE RACE SUNDAY OR MONDAY? I get this question a lot in situations like this and I honestly can’t tell someone what they should do. A lot of fans will drive two to even four hours, if not more, to see the NASCAR race at Bristol. If it were me and I had a long drive, I’d monitor the weather and radar during the morning. Maybe even drive to a  halfway point and see what is going on. I’d wait to see if any decision is made earlier by either NASCAR or meteorologists forecasting the weather.

While I appreciate all those who support my NASCAR weather forecasting, I would tell anyone to also look at other forecasts from reliable sources. Get as much information you can and then make the best informed decision you can.

WHAT DOES MONDAY’S FORECAST LOOK LIKE? While Monday has the chance of rain and yes even some snow for Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, most of this activity is expected in the morning. If NASCAR is forced to postpone the race to Monday then the scheduled start time for the Food City 500 is noon on Monday. Looking at the forecast the threat of rain decreases going into the afternoon and I feel that this would be the earliest time to get all of the race completed.

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Conditions in Bristol, Tennessee.
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Race Schedule: All Times Eastern

SUNDAY:
11 a.m EDT
Sprint Cup pre-race – Rain – temp: 43
12 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup pre-race – Rain – temp: 44
1 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Rain – temp: 45
2 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Rain – temp: 46
3 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Rain – temp: 47
4 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Rain – temp: 47
6 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, Scattered rain and drizzle – temp: 46
8 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, Scattered rain and drizzle – temp: 44
10 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, Scattered rain and drizzle – temp: 42

MONDAY:
12 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, chance of a shower – temp: 42
1 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, chance of a shower – temp: 43
2 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, chance of a shower – temp: 45
3 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy to mostly cloudy – temp: 46
4 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy to mostly cloudy – temp: 45
5 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy to mostly cloudy – temp: 44

PHOENIX NASCAR WEATHER FORECAST

2014 Phoenix International Raceway Weather Forecast: Threat of Rain in the Desert

LOOK AT RADAR:

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11:30 a.m. Update – Rain showers around Phoenix International Race way continue to be either to the east or the west and missing the track completely. In my weather forecast over on SBNation.com, I mentioned there could be windows of opportunity, and we are seeing one of these with Sprint Cup practice. How long will this window last, hard to tell. I looked over new forecast data this morning and while there are extended periods of dry where the track is located, rain and storms could form just about anywhere.

One of the toughest things to forecast around are mountains and valleys. I experience that here in Twin Falls, Idaho daily. The mountain ranges near and around the track could be the saving grace for most of the day.

SUNDAY’S WEATHER FORECAST:
Rain is expected to move out of the area early Sunday morning, with morning clouds giving way to afternoon sunshine, While Sunday will be mostly dry, there is a small chance that a few isolated pop-up showers could form during the afternoon. While one of these showers could hit the track, the likelihood is very low. The odds of having a rain shower hit Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday is around 15 percent.

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Conditions in Phoenix, AZ: Click here for Current Weather Conditions | Look at Doppler Radar | Mobile Friendly Site | Mobile Radar

SATURDAY:
11:00 a.m ET
Sprint Cup Series practice – Poss. Showers and possible thunderstorm – temp: 59
12:10 p.m ET
Nationwide Series qualifying – Poss. Showers and possible thunderstorm – temp: 60
2:00 p.m ET
Sprint Cup Series Final practice – Poss. Showers and possible thunderstorm – temp: 62
3:45  p.m ET
Nationwide Series race – Poss. Showers and possible thunderstorm – temp: 65
5:30  p.m ET
Nationwide Series race – Poss. Showers and possible thunderstorm – temp: 68
6:30  p.m ET
Nationwide Series race – Poss. Showers and possible thunderstorm – temp: 68
7:30  p.m ET
Nationwide Series race – Poss. Showers and possible thunderstorm – temp: 66
8:30  p.m ET
Nationwide Series race – Cloudy, chance of shower/storm – temp: 64
9:30  p.m ET
Nationwide Series race – Cloudy, chance of shower/storm – temp: 63
10:30  p.m ET
Nationwide Series race – Cloudy, chance of shower/storm – temp: 60
11:30  p.m ET
Nationwide Series race – Cloudy, chance of shower/storm – temp: 60

SUNDAY:
1 p.m ET
Sprint Cup pre-race – Sun and clouds – temp: 60
2 p.m ET
Sprint Cup pre-race – Sun and clouds, chc, of an isolated shower – temp: 63
3 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Sun and clouds, chc, of an isolated shower  – temp: 65
4 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny, chc, of an isolated shower – temp: 68
5 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny, chc, of an isolated shower – temp: 71
6 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny, chc, of an isolated shower – temp: 70

 

NASCAR 2013 HOMESTEAD FORECAST

NASCAR at Homestead-Miami Speedway Race Day Weather Forecast 2013

Mostly sunny and dry weather is on tap for the final Sprint Cup Series race of the 2013 NASCAR season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Your last NASCAR weather forecast for the 2013 season is calling for mostly to partly sunny skies this afternoon in South Florida. Temperatures will be warm reaching the mid 80s in the afternoon and a stiff east wind between 10 and 15 mph will make for a breezy afternoon and evening. Other than that no weather problems are expected for the Ford EcoBoost 400.

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While weather will not be a concern in south Florida this afternoon, the same can not be said for the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. While this has nothing to do with today’s Sprint Cup race, many fans live in these areas and could be impacted by severe weather.

When you think of severe weather and severe weather outbreaks you don’t normally think of the month of November, but severe can and does occur. Strong storm system along with it’s trailing cold front will spark a line of strong to severe storms across Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan, and northern Kentucky. Many of these places, not only have NASCAR fans but even NASCAR tracks.

Threat today, especially later this afternoon and evening will be a line of strong to severe storms with strong damaging winds, hail and even the threat of tornadoes. It will be important for all fans in these areas to monitor local media coverage and pay close attention to changing weather. I will do what I can to push important weather information out through Twitter, so follow me @NASCAR_WXMAN and like me on Facebook for weather updates later today.

On one final note, I just want to thank all of you who take the time to read my weather column here on SBNation.com. Through your support and even your following on Social Media you have opened new doors and opportunities for me in NASCAR and in broadcasting. You, the NASCAR fan, are the reason I do weather forecasts and updates each and every week during the NASCAR season. I am just like you, a fan, I take time off work, travel, and spend money for that great NASCAR experience. In all of these plans, the last thing I want is bad weather to ruin the experience and force me to leave or miss out on a race. My goal is to give you the most accurate weather forecast I can each and every week. I may not always get it right but I do my best and I do it for you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and look forward to doing it all over again in 2014.

Conditions in Homestead, FL: Click here for Current Weather Conditions | Look at Doppler Radar | Mobile Friendly Site | Mobile Radar

SUNDAY:
1 p.m ET
Sprint Cup pre-race – Partly sunny – temp: 84
2 p.m ET
Sprint Cup pre-race – Partly sunny – temp: 84
3 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny – temp: 83
4 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny – temp: 83
5 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny – temp: 81
6 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny – temp: 78
7 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly cloudy – temp: 77

 

NASCAR 2013 KENTUCKY FORECAST

NASCAR at Homestead-Miami Speedway weekend weather forecast 2013

NASCAR closes out the 2013 season in the same state it started, Florida, and with a similar threat of Florida showers for the weekend. The weather forecast is split with Saturday featuring the best chance for showers and Sunday nice, warm and mostly dry.

Storms system coming off the Gulf of Mexico will spread rain showers across south Florida today. Some of those showers could be heavy. The best chance of showers will be during the morning but a few are possible in the afternoon. Will monitor the radar as we go through the day

Sunday’s Sprint Cup finale looks mostly dry, warm with a mix of sunshine and clouds. There’s a small chance of an isolated shower developing on Sunday, but I think the threat is almost non existent.  Temperatures today and Sunday are nice and warm with afternoon highs in the low to  mid 80s.

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Conditions in Homestead, FL: Click here for Current Weather Conditions | Look at Doppler Radar | Mobile Friendly Site | Mobile Radar

SATURDAY:
12:00 p.m ET
Sprint Cup practice – Mostly cloudy, chance of a scattered shower – temp: 80
1:05 p.m ET
Nationwide qualifying – Mostly cloudy, chance of a scattered shower – temp: 80
3:00 p.m ET
Sprint Cup final practice – Mostly cloudy, chance of a scattered shower – temp: 79
4:30 p.m ET
Nationwide Race – Mostly cloudy, chance of a scattered shower – temp: 77

SUNDAY:
1 p.m ET
Sprint Cup pre-race – Partly sunny – temp: 84
2 p.m ET
Sprint Cup pre-race – Partly sunny – temp: 84
3 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny – temp: 83
4 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny – temp: 83
5 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny – temp: 81
6 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny – temp: 78
7 p.m ET
Sprint Cup race – Partly cloudy – temp: 77

 

Radar update at Chicagoland Speedway 2013 4pm EDT

Anticipating rain from the cold front to arrive between 5 and 5:30 p.m. EDT. It could rain for 40 to 60 min then we could dry. Should be able to get back racing again after this line of showers.


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Radar for Chicagoland Speedway 2013 – Will the rain end in time to let us race?


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Watching the rain move through Chicagoland Speedway. While it doesn’t look great if the rain free area to the west of the current rain at 1:15 pm holds then maybe they can get drying started. The only concern is the cold front and more rain associated with it moving through. Will continue to monitor.

2013 NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway Radar and Weather Update

Showers and storms are moving towards Atlanta Motor Speedway this afternoon. Storms have history of frequent lightning, gusty winds and possible small hail. Few of these storms have the history of producing Severe Thunderstorms Warnings. I expect these storms to remain a threat over the next two and a half to three and a half hours. (2.5 to 3.5 hours).

If you are at the track please monitor local weather radio through your scanner the frequency is 162.550… I will continue to update as we go through the afternoon and evening. The radar below is live and refresh this page for the newest image. For updates on the radar and weather follow me on Twitter – @NASCAR_WXMAN and “Like” me on Facebook.


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