Unfortunately, rain is threatening the Budweiser Shootout practices tonight at Daytona International Speedway.
As a front pushes south during the day today, it will stall across the northern peninsula of Florida. This will allow showers and scattered thunderstorms to form through the afternoon and evening. Seeing rain during that time near or around the track is 50 to 60 percent.
Because we will have to wait for shower development during the afternoon, I cannot say whether or not practice will get canceled – but the likelihood of rain should be factored in if you plan on attending practice Friday evening.
Saturday's Budweiser Shootout looks mainly good because the threat of rain for Daytona International Speedway becomes less and less through the day and evening on Saturday. I only expect scattered showers to isolated storms Saturday night, as a storm system passing to the north lifts the stalled boundary that will trigger rain on Friday.
Although there is a slight chance of a shower on Saturday, it is less likely than Friday. If it were my call to go to the Shootout on Saturday based on this forecast, I would go.
5:00 p.m ET
Budweiser Shootout practice – Mostly cloudy, possible shower, scattered thuderstorm – temp: 72
6:30 p.m ET
Final Budweiser Shootout practice – Mostly cloudy, possible shower, scattered thuderstorm – temp: 69
11:00 a.m to 1 p.m ET
Sprint Cup practice – Partly sunny, scattered shower or storm – temp: 70-75
2:00 p.m to 3:45 p.m ET
Sprint Cup practice – Partly sunny, chance of an isolated shower or storm – temp: 70-75
8:00 p.m ET
Budweiser Shootout – Partly Cloudy, slight chance of a shower – temp: near 70
1:00 p.m ET
Daytona 500 qualifying – Partly sunny – temp: 75