NASCAR enjoyed great weather in the deserts of Phoenix and Las Vegas, but this weekend NASCAR returns east to Bristol Motor Speedway – and rain returns as well.
The forecast this weekend is very challenging. The current weather pattern over east Tennessee is more like early summer than early spring. Each afternoon, there is a chance for pop-up showers and thunderstorms. This makes for a complicated weather forecast, because you know rain will form in the region – you just never know where.
I don’t see this weekend being a total wash, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a shower or two that could cause delays or wash out a practice or qualifying. There will be a lot of “nowcasting” this weekend, which mean there will be a lot of updates here and on Twitter as showers and storms form and move near or over the track.
The best day this weekend still looks like Sunday. It’s not totally rain-free, but the threat of rain is lower and any showers that could develop should be few and far between. My current thinking is we should race on Sunday and be mostly dry. Just have to watch the radar for the possibility of a shower or storm to form during the race.
2:00 p.m ET
Nationwide Final Practice – Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms – temp: 73
3:40 p.m ET
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms – temp: 75
9:30 a.m EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Sun & Clouds, Chance of Shower/Storm – temp: 59
10:30 a.m EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Sun & Clouds, Chance of Shower/Storm – temp: 62
12:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Final Practice – Sun & Clouds, Chance of Shower/Storm – temp: 70
2`:00 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Clouds, some Sun, Scattered showers and Storms – temp: 75
1:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Partly sunny Chance of Scattered Showers and Storms – temp: 71