Showers moved into northeast Tennessee, including Bristol Motor Speedway, during the pre-dawn hours. The showers were steady and light with the bulk of the rain falling during the early morning hours. The steadiest of the rain should begin to end between 6 and 8 a.m.
By mid to late morning there will be a few lingering pockets of light rain and drizzle as drier air tries to work in behind the departing system. Midday and early afternoon most of the activity should push off to the east-northeast and begin to dry out with mostly cloudy skies and some partial clearing.
How will all of this affect the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway? I stayed up late and into the early morning hours to watch this area of rain as it moved slowly into northeast Tennessee. Depending on how long it takes NASCAR to dry the track, I think we still get this race in during the afternoon. I'd say it is better than 60 percent chance that we get the race started on time and better than 80 percent we get the race in today. I will update if anything changes this morning and afternoon. For the latest radar, check out my live Bristol Motor Speedway weather radar.
1:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Mostly cloudy, chance of a lingering shower – temp: 70
3:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Mostly cloudy, chance of a lingering shower – temp: 72
5:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup race – Mostly cloudy, chance of a lingering shower – temp: 73