A weak disturbance moved into northern and eastern Alabama this morning, spreading showers and thunderstorms around Talladega Superspeedway. There was even a severe thunderstorm warning earlier this morning for the track.
The good news is the rain has been diminishing and looks like it will come to an end by midday.
As of 11 a.m. EDT, most of the rain had ended across Talladega Superspeedway, with just a weakening area of showers to the north. These showers look like they could die out before reaching the track. There is still a chance of a lingering shower, but once NASCAR gets the track dried, we should be able to race later this afternoon.
It takes an estimated two hours to dry the track. The green flag start of the race is scheduled for 1:20 p.m Eastern. Because of drying time and a few lurking showers to the north, the start of the race could be delayed. But with sunset at 8:31 p.m. EDT, there should be plenty of time to get the race in later this afternoon.
The forecast for the rest of the afternoon appears to be similar to what we saw on Saturday. Sunshine will return and so will the hot steamy temperatures. Highs could still reach 90 with the heat index feeling like 95. There could be an isolated storm or shower this afternoon as well but I still believe we get this race in today.
12:00 a.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Clouds and sunshine, chance of a shower – temp: 82
1:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Partly sunny, chance of thunderstorm – temp: 86
2:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Partly sunny, chance of thunderstorm – temp: 88
3:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Partly sunny, chance of thunderstorm – temp: 89
4:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Partly sunny, chance of thunderstorm – temp: 90