NASCAR at Martinsville weather forecast: Will Sandy affect this weekend's race?

Up and down the East Coast of the United States, the focus this weekend will be on a very large and powerful storm named Hurricane Sandy. The question every NASCAR fan has is, "Will Sandy cause problems for Martinsville Speedway this weekend?"

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At this point, there is still a lot of uncertainty with what Sandy will do over the next 24 to 36 hours. My forecast right now is for cloudy skies and cooler temperatures – thanks to a cold front that moves through on Saturday – and a chance of a scattered shower.

If this forecast holds, then NASCAR has a good chance at getting this race on Sunday. It will all come down to how strong Sandy will get as it moves north in the Atlantic and then how close to the coast it will get and when it makes the turn to the west to make landfall on the United States.

The forecast models are still in disagreement, so only time will tell. My overall confidence in this forecast is at around 50 to 60 percent. Please follow me on Twitter @NASCAR_WXMAN and like me on Facebook for the latest weather updates through the week.

FRIDAY

11:00 a.m. EDT: Camping World Truck Series Practice – Cloudy skies – temp: 66

12:00 p.m. EDT: Sprint Cup Series Practice – Cloudy skies – temp: 71

2:10 p.m. EDT: Camping World Truck Series Final Practice – Cloudy skies – temp: 72

3:40 p.m. EDT: Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Mostly Cloudy skies – temp: 73

SATURDAY

9:30 a.m. EDT: Sprint Cup Series Practice – Mostly cloudy, chance of a scattered shower – temp: 59

10:35 a.m. EDT Camping World Truck Series Qualifying – Mostly cloudy, chance of a scattered shower – temp: 61

12:00 p.m. EDT Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Mostly cloudy, chance of a scattered shower – temp: 63

2:00 p.m. EDT Camping World Truck Race – Mostly cloudy, chance of a scattered shower – temp: 65

SUNDAY

12:30 p.m. EDT Sprint Cup Pre-Race – Chilly, cloudy chance of a shower – temp: 56

1:30 p.m. EDT Sprint Cup Race – Chilly, cloudy chance of a shower – temp: 58

2:30 p.m. EDT Sprint Cup Race – Chilly, cloudy chance of a shower – temp: 59

3:30 p.m. EDT Sprint Cup Race – Chilly, cloudy chance of a shower – temp: 59

4:30 p.m. EDT Sprint Cup Race – Chilly, cloudy chance of a shower – temp: 58

5:30 p.m. EDT Sprint Cup Race – Chilly, cloudy chance of a shower – temp: 57

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