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NASCAR Richmond International Raceway Weather Forecast 2012: Will Rain Impact Saturday's Race?

Weather will be quiet for Friday's NASCAR actitivies at Richmond International Raceway, but Saturday and Saturday night is when things get tricky.

A cold front will stall to the south in the Carolinas during the day on Friday. High pressure will build in and provide mostly sunny skies to the region. It should also remain dry for Friday night's Nationwide Series race.


Saturday's forecast becomes more problematic, as the same front that stalled across the Carolinas moves back north as a warm front, then stalls again to the north. The forecast challenge and question becomes: Where does this front stall? It appears that it will be close enough that showers will be a threat at anytime during the day and evening Saturday.

I don't expect a large, all-day wave of rain but more the scattered "hit or miss" type showers. I don't think it will be a rain out – at least I hope not – but showers and radar will need to be watched Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.

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9:00 a.m. EDT
Nationwide final practice – Mostly sunny – temp: 56
12:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup practice – Mostly sunny – temp: 63
2:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup final practice – Mostly sunny – temp: 67
4:00 p.m. EDT
Nationwide qualifying – Partly sunny – temp: 68
5:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup qualifying – Partly sunny – temp: 66
7:00 p.m. EDT
Nationwide race – Partly cloudy, increasing clouds – temp: 62

7:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – cloudy to mostly cloudy, chance of a shower – temp: 61