Tropics

NASCAR at Martinsville Fall of 2012 – Racing For the Sprint Cup and Sandy

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Martinsville Speedway appears to be nestled between a stalled cold front to the west and hurricane Sandy to the east. What does this mean for today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race? It means we should be able to get the race in and completed with few, if any, interruptions.

Sandy will continue to move slowly northward during he day Sunday. This will bring a breezy northerly wind. Speeds will range between 10 to 20 mph with some gust near 25 mph. Rain chance are minimal but there could be an isolated shower in the afternoon and I also expect pockets of drizzle through the morning.

Skies should be cloudy for the bulk of the day and temperatures will be in the low 60s through the afternoon. With the exception of wind, Martinsville Speedway feels very little affect from Sandy during the day today.

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The above image is for Monday midday across the Mid-Atlantic and northeast. Weather conditions will be nasty from northern and eastern Virginia up through Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, New Jersey and the southern part of New England as Sandy prepares to make landfall Monday evening.

I bring this up, not because it will impact today’s NASCAR race but it could have a major impact on fans going home from the race Monday. You probably have heard from the Weather Channel and various meteorologist that Sandy could very well be a “Once in a lifetime” storm. Is it hype? In my opinion, no.

Most meteorologist haven’t seen anything quite like this, we are breaking new ground on a storm like this and we want to make sure the public is safe and not take any chances down playing the potential damage and impact this storm will have. If you re going to the race and have to travel to the states I listed, I’d leave as soon as the race is over. You’ll still have some nasty weather to deal with but not to the magnitude the later you wait.

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2012 Tropical Storm Isaac: Expected To Become A Hurricane Eyeing Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama Coasts

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As of 5 pm EDT the National Hurricane Center had tropical storm Isaac with winds sustained at 60 mph and gusts near 70 mph. Hurricane warnings have been issued for the Southeastern coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and western tip of the Florida Panhandle. There are tropical Storm warnings in effect for western Florida coast. Satellite image has been showing signs of strengthening and once Isaac clears the Florida keys and enters the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico it will begin to strengthen.


ISAAC’S TRACK:
There’s still some disagreement amongst the computer models on where Isaac will make landfall. The models spread from the Alabama/Florida boarder to the central Louisiana coast. The models cluster along the eastern Louisiana coast and western Mississippi this is similar to where the National Hurricane Center has Isaac making landfall along the Louisiana/Mississippi boarder on Wednesday morning as a category 2.

Dr. Jeff Masters from Wunderground.com has a good discussion Isaac’s potential intensity:

The HWRF model continues to be the most bullish on Isaac’s potential intensity, forecasting the storm to reach category 3 status. The GFDL is more reserved and suggest Isaac will only reach strong category 1 wind speeds before making landfall. Given current observations, the National Hurricane Center has backed off the previous forecast that Isaac will intensify to hurricane status around the Florida Keys. They now expect Isaac to remain at tropical storm status as it moves through the central Gulf of Mexico before finally strengthening as it approaches the coast and become a category 2 hurricane just before landfall.

From all I am seeing I have a growing concerned about another hurricane hitting or impacting New Orleans. My friend and avid tropical weather blogger Brendan Loy who first sounded the alarm about Katrina and New Orleans 7 years ago is sounding the alarm this time that action could and should be taken in preparing New Orleans for another devastating hurricane.

It appears from a press conference earlier today in New Orleans that the mayor says they will “Shelter in place” as New Orleans is under a Hurricane Warning.

Given the look of the look at the models I share Brendan’s concern that anyone currently under a hurricane warning should take this storm serious and prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

“For the moment, I’m very concerned that the New Orleans government is again revealing itself to be completely incompetent and not up to the task — and is making itself dependent on the vagaries of atmospheric fate. In other words, Landrieu had better hope he’s lucky, and the storm goes elsewhere (which it may), or doesn’t get as strong as it clearly could (but might not). Landrieu paid lip service to the idea of “preparing for the worst” — but, categorically, he is not advising his residents to do that. He’s advising them to prepare for a mid-range scenario, not the best case but certainly not the realistic worst case.

 

 

As a reminder of that worst case, here’s a quartet of computer model maps, showing the forecasts by four of the most reliable models. Both the GFS (top right) and the HWRF (bottom left) would be very bad for New Orleans.”

Isaac’s Impact on Next Weekend’s NASCAR Race?:

The number one question I’ve been getting on Twitter is, “How will Isaac impact NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend?” Until we know where and when Isaac will make landfall we won’t know where it goes after that. Some models take Isaac north into the Midwest where they desperately need the rain and a few move it into Georgia Thursday night/ Friday morning. I will continue to monitor.

 

2011 Richmond International Raceway NASCAR Weather Forecast: We Are Dry This Weekend

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Richmond, VA

FRI
Aug. 9
SAT
Aug. 10
SAT Night
Aug. 10

Few lingering AM showers then becoming partly sunny afternoon & evening. Partly Sunny Patchy Clouds.
High: 86
Low: 69
High: 87
Low: 66
Temps: low to mid 70s

FORECAST UPDATE Thursday 12 PM EDT:
The rain over the past couple of days associated with a stalled front and cut off upper level low will finally get moving thanks to Katia making a turn to the northeast and back out to see. With just the threat of a few lingering isolated showers on Friday morning the rest of the forecast looks dry. One could say we finally got the rain out of the way early so we can have a dry race weekend.

By the afternoon Friday we should see some clearing and be dry for qualifying and the Nationwide race with Saturday looking even better with no threat of rain and highs in the upper 80s.

FRIDAY:
9 a.m EDT
Nationwide Practice – Mostly Cloudy, isolated shower – temp: 71
10:30 a.m EDT
Nationwide Final Practice – Mostly Cloudy, isolated shower – temp: 78
12 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Becoming partly sunny – temp: 83
2:45 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Final Practice – Sun & clouds – temp: 85
4 p.m EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Partly Sunny – temp: 85
5:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Partly Sunny – temp: 84
8 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Partly Cloudy – temp: 75

SATURDAY:
7:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly clear – temp: 76

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2011 Richmond International Raceway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Rain this Week Ends this Weekend

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Richmond, VA

WED
Aug. 7
THU
Aug. 8
FRI
Aug. 9
SAT
Aug. 10
SAT Night
Aug. 10

Showers & Storms Variably cloudy, chance of showers & isolated storms Partly sunny, chance of an isolated storm Partly Sunny Patchy Clouds.
High: 81
Low: 67
High: 86
Low: 69
High: 86
Low: 70
High: 87
Low: 66
Temps: 79-72

FORECAST UPDATE Tuesday 3 PM EDT:
The same cold front that kept drizzle around Atlanta Motor Speedway Tuesday will stall along the Mid-Atlantic coast the next several days giving Richmond International Raceway a chance of showers and storms for the remainder of the week. The best days for rain are Wednesday and Thursday with Friday and the Nationwide race seeing just a small threat of an isolated shower or storm.

Hurricane Katia is expected to stay well east of the eastern coast of the United States as it turns north well before it reaches the coast. This will not be a threat for the weekend race in Richmond. Going into the weekend it looks like the threat of showers and storms become almost non existent and we currently look dry for the Saturday night race.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: We Try Again Tuesday

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Atlanta, GA

MON Sept 6 TUE Sept 7 WED Sept 8

Rain, heavy at times, some storms could produce gusty winds, or isolated tornado… Showers & storms likely morning, a few scattered storms possible afternoon. Windy. Mostly cloudy, isolated showers & storms
High: 80
High: 77
Low: 67
High: 75
Low: 57

FORECAST DISCUSSION MONDAY 4 AM EDT:
With a valiant effort, NASCAR did as they promised, tried to get the track ready so there could be racing for the thousands of fans Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After an hour and forty-five minutes later, it took just one small shower to erase all the work that had been done and NASCAR decided at about a quarter to ten to call the race and rescheduled the race for 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, NOT MONDAY.

WHY TUESDAY & NOT MONDAY?
Simply put, Lee, now a tropical depression, and the safety of fans. Monday into Tuesday the remnants of Lee will work through Mississippi, Alabama ending up joining the stalled cold front to the north on Tuesday evening in Tennessee. Lots of tropical moisture will surge north through Alabama and Georgia creating numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms.

Flash flood watches continue for northern Georgia including Atlanta Motor Speedway back into Alabama and Mississippi from now until Tuesday midday. Rain amounts by Tuesday midday could range from 3 to 5 inches for areas in the watch with some spots seeing 7 inches locally across northern Georgia. The other threat on Monday is some storms producing isolated tornadoes.

The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman Oklahoma has most of Georgia and Alabama under a slight risk of severe storms. The main threat being gusty winds and isolated tornadoes. Here is what the local National Weather Service office has to say about the tornado threat across central Georgia.

THE TORNADO THREAT ACROSS THE CWA REMAINS VERY REAL. ISOLD TORNADOESALREADY NOTED ACROSS AL EARLIER THIS EVENING WITH VERY WEAK…SEEMINGLY BENIGN APPEARING SHOWERS WITH NO LIGHTNING… …THE TORNADO THREAT WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE FFC CWA AND WILL NEED TO BE WATCHED VERY CAREFULLY. TROPICAL TORNADOES SPIN UP VERY QUICKLY AND THE PARENT CELLS OFTEN EXHIBIT LITTLE OR NO LIGHTNING.

NASCAR made the right decision and I applaud them for scheduling the race for Tuesday when the weather looks better.

SO HOW DOES THE WEATHER LOOK TUESDAY MORNING?
The images below are the model print out for Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm EDT (This was the closest information to 2pm EDT and also the driest)

This is a much better picture than I have been showing over the past few days. Yes there are areas of green across north central Georgia but the rain is on the way out and I think we WILL get the race in on Tuesday. Maybe not at 11 am (not feeling confident about the morning start) but once we get past midday and head into the afternoon and evening the threat of rain decreases and I feel good about seeing a Tuesday race.

MONDAY:
Numerous rain showers with isolated thunderstorms. Some storms could produce isolated tornadoes. Slight risk for severe weather across central and northern Georgia. .

TUESDAY:
Numerous showers and isolated storms during the morning, windy and cooler. Shower threat becomes less as moisture exits afternoon and evening. Winds could gust 20-30 mph and highs in the mid to upper 70s.

11 a.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Showers and isolated storms possible through the morning, windy – temp: 74

2 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Clouds, some sunshine few lingering scattered showers – temp: 78

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Atlanta Motor Speedway Race Day Weather Forecast: Looks Like a Washout

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Atlanta, GA

SUN Night Sept 5 MON Sept 6 TUE Sept 7 WED Sept 8

Areas of showers and storms Rain, heavy at times, isolated storms Showers & storms likely morning, scattered in afternoon Mostly cloudy, isolated showers & storms
Race Temp: 76
High: 80
Low: 70

High: 78
Low: 67
High: 82
Low: 63

UPDATE 10:15 PM EDT:

After a valiant effort by NASCAR to try and dry Atlanta Motor Speedway, a rain shower moved in and negated an hour and 45 minutes worth of work. NASCAR decided it would take to long to dry and with the forecast for Monday looking very wet (See details below) they would postpone the race for Tuesday morning at 11 AM EDT. For full forecast read discussion below…

FORECAST DISCUSSION SUNDAY 5 PM EDT:

I saw reports on Twitter from Hendrick Motor sports (@TeamHendrick), “To beat remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, #NASCAR officials moved start time of tonight’s race @amsupdates up some 20 mins to 7:30pm ET.” Honestly I don’t think 20 mins will make that much of a difference. Rain has been off and on through the day and there is more rain moving in from the south and southwest. There may be a few windows of no rain or just drizzle but I am not confident that they will get the track dry and ready to start this race tonight. I hope I am wrong but it just doesn’t look like we will see a NASCAR race tonight.

Lots of green and even some blues showing up on the forecast models for 8pm EDT. More rain is likely behind this system and once we start getting the rain it is expected to keep raining through Monday into Tuesday morning thanks to Tropical Storm Lee.

Rain will be heavy at times from overnight Sunday into Monday. There are flash flood watches for northern Georgia including Atlanta Motor Speedway from midnight tonight until Tuesday morning. Rain amounts by Tuesday morning could range 3 to 5 inches for the area and locally some spots seeing 7 inches across northern Georgia. Another concern Monday is a risk for storms producing isolated tornadoes across central and northern Georgia, you can read more from the National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook for the area. The next realistic opportunity to race would be Tuesday afternoon or Tuesday evening.

I know NASCAR will do everything in their power to get the race started, and like I said above, I HOPE I AM WRONG! As a meteorologist, I really don’t see a realistic scenario where NASCAR can get at least halfway through the race tonight to make it official.

SUNDAY NIGHT:
7:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Showers and storms likely continuing and increasing through the evening and overnight – temp: 76

MONDAY:
Cloudy with rain and isolated thunderstorms, rain will be at heavy a times. Rain amounts could be 1 to 2 inches.

TUESDAY:
Areas of showers and isolated storms, mainly Tuesday morning, could see some clearing and drying late in the day and into Tuesday evening. Highs 75 to near 80.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway Race Day Weather Forecast: Forecast Remains the Same, Wet

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Atlanta, GA

SUN Afternoon Sept 5 SUN Night Sept 5 MON Sept 6 TUE Sept 7 WED Sept 8

Mostly cloudy, chance of showers/storms afternoon. Showers & storms more likely mid evening & late night Rain, heavy at times, isolated storms Windy with rain, isolated storms Becoming partly sunny drying out.
High: 80
Race Temp: 76
High: 80
Low: 70

High: 78
Low: 71
High: 77
Low: 61

FORECAST DISCUSSION SUNDAY 1 PM EDT:

My thinking on the forecast tonight remains the same. People ask me on twitter, “What’s the likelihood we get the NASCAR race in Sunday Night?” Optimistically, I think we have a 20 to 30 percent chance of getting this race started and to half way, based on some of the data I am seeing. As of midday, rain was falling at Atlanta Motor Speedway and more rain was moving in from the southwest.

Rain is expected to increase as the afternoon wears on and we head into the evening. Here are the latest model images for 8pm EDT.

In the last image you see more dry areas than wet, with the bulk of the rain west into Alabama, but it does have the rain over the track. This is where I am getting my 20 to 30 percent chance of getting the race started and to halfway.

I can not speak for NASCAR and I don’t know how they will handle Sunday’s race if it gets rained out. More than likely they would do what they have in the past a reschedule it for sometime Monday. Unfortunately the forecast for Monday is not much better with more rain likely. Rain will be heavy at times from overnight Sunday into Monday. There are flash flood watches for northern Georgia including Atlanta Motor Speedway from midnight tonight until Tuesday morning. Rain amounts by Tuesday morning could range 3 to 5 inches for the area and locally some spots seeing 7 inches. Another concern for Monday is a risk for storms producing isolated tornadoes across central and northern Georgia, you can read more from the National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook for the area.

A concern would be how will Atlanta Motor Speedway handle so much rain over the next 24 to 36 hours. Rain will continue into Tuesday morning before drying out as Lee moves off to the north and northeast. It could be possible to get a race in on Tuesday afternoon and evening looking at the current forecast.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON:
Cloudy with off and on light rain showers, temperatures 75 to 80.

SUNDAY RACE FORECAST:
7:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Showers and storms likely continuing and increasing through the evening and overnight – temp: 76

MONDAY:
Cloudy with rain and isolated thunderstorms, rain will be at heavy a times. Rain amounts could be 1 to 2 inches.

TUESDAY:
Areas of showers and isolated storms, mainly Tuesday morning, could see some clearing and drying late in the day and into Tuesday evening. Highs 75 to near 80.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway Weather Forecast: Rain Becoming More Likely Sunday

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Atlanta, GA

FRI Sept 3 SAT Sept 4 SUN Sept 5 SUN Sept 5

Sunny Skies Sunny skies Variably cloudy, chance of storms. Showers and storms likely.
High: 93
High: 91
Low: 64
High: 87
Low: 65
Race Temp: 88

FORECAST DISCUSSION FRIDAY 11:00 AM EDT:

The forecasts for Friday and Saturday are great for the Camping World Truck and Nationwide series, but Sunday night for the Sprint Cup race is becoming more in doubt. I am not saying it will get washed out but the threat of rain continues to increase as tropical depression thirteen continues to develop into tropical storm Lee along the Louisiana coast. To make this an even more complicated forecast is we have a cold front arriving from the north that is expected to be in north Georgia by Sunday evening. The moisture associated with soon-to-be Lee interacting with the cold front is where I think we will see our showers and storms Sunday night.

My gut tells me that rain will impact Sunday nights race in some way, either shortening it or causing delays or even the possibility of postponing it. To make matters worst, Labor Day Monday is an even wetter forecast than Sunday night. On Twitter, a lot of people ask me, “What’s the likelihood of NASCAR moving the start of the race up to Sunday afternoon?” I honestly don’t know and with the exception of moving the time up a couple of minutes I don’t recall a race being moved up by several hours.  Sunday afternoon, still has a chance of showers and storms but rain becomes more likely after 8pm Sunday night.

FRIDAY:
12 p.m EDT
Truck Final Practice – Mostly sunny – temp: 84
5 p.m EDT
Truck Qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 92
6 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Mostly sunny – temp: 90
8 p.m EDT
Truck Race – Mostly clear – temp: 85

SATURDAY:
8:30 a.m EDT
Nationwide Practice – Mostly sunny – temp: 70
9:45 a.m EDT
Nationwide Final Practice – Mostly sunny – temp: 77
1:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Final Practice – Mostly sunny – temp: 87
3:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 91
5:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 91
7:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Patchy clouds – temp: 85

SUNDAY:
7:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Showers and storms becoming likely after 8pm – temp: 83

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2011 Bristol Motor Speedway Weather Forecast: Still Mainly Dry, Isolated Threat Today

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Check out my thoughts and information of Hurricane Irene here at my weather blog…

HURRICANE IRENE RESOURCES:
Wunderground Blog by Dr. Jeff Masters (I read his blog a lot during Hurricane Season) | National Hurricane Center | Skeetobite Weather | Charleston, SC Meteorologist WXBrad | AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell | Hurricane Spaghetti Models | Weather Nerd |

Conditions in Bristol, TN:
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Bristol, TN

FRI Aug 26 FRI Aug 26 SAT Aug 27 SAT NIGHT Aug 27
Sun & clouds, iso storm… Mainly clear, isolated evening storm. Mostly Sunny Mainly clear
High: 89 Temp: low 80s
High: 85
Low: 66
Temp: near 80

FORECAST UPDATE FRIDAY 11:30 AM ET:

Thanks to Hurricane Irene a cold front crossing the state of TN has stalled slightly and its proximity could spark an isolated shower or storm this afternoon or evening but still confident that we stay dry at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is the only impact Irene should have on the NASCAR race this weekend.

As far as the rest of the time we look good. So enjoy the nice hot summer weather.

FRIDAY:
12 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Sun and clouds – temp: 83
2:45 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Final Practice – Muggy, sun and clouds, isolated storm – temp: 89
3:40 p.m EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Muggy, sun and clouds, isolated storm – temp: 89
5:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Muggy, sun and clouds, isolated storm – temp: 88
7:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Patchy clouds – temp: 83

SATURDAY:
7:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly clear skies. – temp: 79

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2011 How Will Hurricane Irene Impact the NASCAR Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway?

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Irene won’t and is not expected to have any impact on the racing this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. This storm will be to far east and just making shore along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There may be some breeze and maybe some clouds but Irene will not have an impact on the weather in Bristol, TN.

The above graphic shows the forecast probabilities of seeing tropical storm winds over the next 120 hours. For Bristol, TN the probability is basically 0%.

Here is the potential rain forecast for Irene. I think the farthest west the rain makes it is central VA and NC, don’t see rain making it to extreme eastern Tennessee. I will continue to update Irene’s forecast along with the race forecast as we head into the weekend. Some useful links listed below…

For those who live along the east coast, don’t take this storm lightly. You may be saying, “We hear this all the time, that this storm is different and they never do what the meteorologist and forecasters say.” Do you really want to chance that with what we know and the technology we have as forecasters to see these storms better than before. I recommend some must reads if you live along the coast or near it from North Carolina all the way up into New England… First is Thursday’s post from Dr. Jeff Masters over at Wunderground.com


Irene an extremely dangerous storm surge threat to the mid-Atlantic and New England

AccuWeather.com does a nice job of breaking down what people can expect from their location to even their city from Hurricane Irene and the weather conditions they may face.

Hurricane Irene’s Impacts on East Coast Cities

HURRICANE IRENE RESOURCES:
Wunderground Blog by Dr. Jeff Masters (I read his blog a lot during Hurricane Season) | National Hurricane Center | Skeetobite Weather | Charleston, SC Meteorologist WXBrad | AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell | Hurricane Spaghetti Models | Weather Nerd |

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Bristol, TN

THU Aug 25 FRI Aug 26 SAT Aug 27 SAT NIGHT Aug 27

Sun & clouds, chc. of storm Mostly sunny Mix of Sunshine & clouds Variably cloudy
High: 87
High: 88
Low: 65
High: 85
Low: 66
Temp: near 80

FORECAST UPDATE THURSDAY 1:00 PM ET:

There are no scheduled events on the track for today but the forecast is warm with a mix of sunshine and clouds possible isolated to scattered storms in the afternoon.

The rest of the weekend looks dry. Friday features mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Few more clouds likely on Saturday as highs again are in the upper 80s. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s for most of the Sprint Cup race Saturday night.

FRIDAY:
9 a.m EDT
Nationwide Final Practice – Sun & Clouds – temp: 71
12 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Sun and clouds – temp: 81
2:45 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Final Practice – Mostly sunny – temp: 87
3:40 p.m EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 88
5:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 87
7:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Patchy clouds – temp: 82

SATURDAY:
7:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Dry, variably cloudy – temp: 79

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