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2016 NASCAR Pocono race day weather forecast: Race or wash?

Data over the last 24 hours is painting a more optimistic forecast for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. Will it be dry enough to go the distance for the Sprint Cup race?

The forecast for Pocono Raceway and the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup race remains a challenging one. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Sunday afternoon thanks to a very unsettled atmosphere over eastern Pennsylvania and a stalled front across the region. Light rain and mist continue over Pocono Raceway this morning causing headaches for crews trying to dry the track.

Odds of racing the Pennsylvania 400 Sunday have increased to 40 to 50 percent. It looks a little drier with scattered showers and storms this afternoon but if the morning rain doesn't break up and move out it may not be enough. The odds of a complete race are around 30 to 35 percent. Odds of a Monday race are now around 45 to 55 percent.

Monday's weather forecast still has a chance of scattered showers and storms in the afternoon. If the race were to be postponed for Monday an earlier start time would be in NASCAR's best interest.

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All times Eastern

SUNDAY
12:30 -- Pennsylvania 400 pre-race
Forecast: Mostly cloudy, chance of shower or thunderstorm
Winds: SE 5-10 mph  
Temperature: 75

1:30 p.m. -- Pennsylvania 400
Forecast: Mostly cloudy, chance of shower or thunderstorm
Winds: SE 5-10 mph  
Temperature: 75

2:30 p.m. -- Pennsylvania 400
Forecast: Mostly cloudy, scattered shower or thunderstorm
Winds: SE 5-10 mph   
Temperature: 76

3:30 p.m. -- Pennsylvania 400
Forecast: Mostly cloudy, scattered shower or thunderstorm
Winds: SE 5-10 mph   
Temperature: 76

4:30 p.m. -- Pennsylvania 400
Forecast: Mostly cloudy, scattered shower or thunderstorm
Winds: SE 5-10 mph   
Temperature: 75

5:30 p.m. -- Pennsylvania 400
Forecast: Mostly cloudy, scattered shower or thunderstorm
Winds: SE 5-10 mph 
Temperature: 75

6:30 p.m. -- Pennsylvania 400
Forecast: Mostly cloudy, scattered shower or thunderstorm
Winds: SE 5-10 mph 
Temperature: 74

MONDAY:
Noon -- Pennsylvania 400 (If needed)
Forecast: Mix of sunshine and clouds, chance of scattered afternoon showers and storms
Winds: Light and variable
Temperature: 75