The weather forecast for Saturday and Saturday night for the Sprint Cup Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway looks mostly dry with just a small threat of an isolated thunderstorm late into the evening.
A powerful upper level storm system will approach the region Saturday and bring a chance of severe thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening....generally from Oklahoma through Nebraska. Thunderstorms will move into North Texas after midnight with storm chances increasing from west to east through the day Sunday.
The threat of severe weather for Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday evening has nearly disappeared. Most of the severe storm activity and development is northwest into Oklahoma, Kansas and eastern Nebraska. Timing also appears to be later, with the best chance for storms across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex arriving after midnight into early Sunday morning.
With the just the smallest threat of a rogue storm developing Saturday evening or random lights going out around Texas Motor Speedway, I don't see any weather-related issue to delay the start or finish of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Saturday night.
There is a wind advisory in effect for north Texas including the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. CDT Saturday. Winds out of the south will be sustained 20 to 30 mph gusting to near 40 at times during the late morning, afternoon and evening. Most of the day will be dry with a mixture of sunshine and clouds and high temperatures in the low 80s.
Saturday night, the southerly winds will diminish to 10 to 20 mph with occasional gust near 30 mph. Variable cloudy skies are expected with temperatures during the race to range from 79 degrees at the start to 74 by the checkered flag.
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Sprint Cup race – Partly cloudy, windy, slight chance of an isolated thunderstorms – temp: 79