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Wind could be a bigger issue than rain at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Rain might be an issue Sunday in Las Vegas, but it will be a smaller weather issue compared to some strong and gusty winds during the afternoon and evening.

While the threat of rain remains for Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it will be more about the wind than the rain. There's currently a wind advisory for Las Vegas from noon Sunday until 8 p.m. PT Sunday evening. Winds are going to increase during the afternoon out of the southwest. Sustained winds will be between 20-30 mph while wind gusts could reach 40 to possibly 45 mph.

WIND DIRECTION LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY SUN 3-6

Wind direction across Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday March 6th

Many fans have been asking me if the wind speeds would force NASCAR to delay or reschedule the race. The honest answer is I don't know. I can't recall a race that has been postponed or delayed due to winds alone.

As for the rain, while there could be some rain showers or an isolated storm through the morning and into the early afternoon, any shower that could impact the track would be brief due to the strong winds pushing the precipitation quickly through the area. By mid- to late-afternoon skies are expected to clear out but winds will remain. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has lights so I still anticipate the race to start and finish on Sunday.

Odds of racing Sunday continue to be between 75 to 85 percent, due to the unknown element of the wind and how NASCAR will handle the situation.

Temperatures will also be much cooler than the previous days, with afternoon temperatures in the middle 60s.

Please follow me on Twitter @NASCAR_WXMAN and like me on Facebook for the latest weather updates through the rest of the weekend.

All times ET.

SATURDAY:

11:30 a.m. -- Sprint Cup Series practice
Forecast: Partly sunny
Winds: East 5-10 mph  
Temperature: 65

12:45 p.m. -- Xfinity Series qualifying
Forecast: Partly sunny
Winds: South 5-10 mph    
Temperature: 70

1:30 p.m. -- Sprint Cup Series final practice
Forecast: Partly sunny
Winds: South 5-10 mph    
Temperature: 72

4 p.m. -- Xfinity Series race
Forecast: Partly sunny
Winds: SW 5-15 mph     
Temperature: 76

SUNDAY:

2:30 p.m. -- Kobalt 400 pre-race
Forecast: Cloudy, possible rain shower and windy
Winds: SW 20-30 gust near 35 mph  
Temperature: 63

3:30 p.m. -- Kobalt 400
Forecast: Cloudy, possible rain shower and windy
Winds: SW 20-30 gust near 35 mph   
Temperature: 64

4:30 p.m. -- Kobalt 400
Forecast: Cloudy, possible rain shower and windy
Winds: SW 20-30 gust near 35 mph   
Temperature: 65

5:30 p.m. -- Kobalt 400
Forecast: Cloudy, possible rain shower and windy
Winds: SW 20-30 gust near 35 mph   
Temperature: 65

6:30 p.m. -- Kobalt 400
Forecast: Partly sunny and windy
Winds: SW 20-30 gust near 35 mph   
Temperature: 65

7:30 p.m. -- Kobalt 400
Forecast: Partly sunny and windy
Winds: West 15-25 gust near 30 mph    
Temperature: 63