Atlanta Motor Speedway Weather Forecast: Tropical Trouble for Sunday

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The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday are great for the Camping World Truck and Nationwide series races, 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 13 continues to develop into Tropical Storm Lee along the Louisiana coast.

To make the forecast more complicated, a cold front is arriving from the north and will interact with the moisture associated with soon-to-be Lee, creating the likelihood of showers and storms Sunday night.

My gut tells me that rain will impact Sunday night's race in some way, either shortening it, causing delays or even postponing it. To make matters worse, Labor Day Monday is even wetter than Sunday night.

A lot of fans 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 8 p.m. 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

Please follow me on Twitter @NASCAR_WXMAN for the latest Weather updates during the race. Or visit my main NASCAR WX-MAN site.

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