Climate forecasts usually haven’t been pleasant to NASCAR because the sport returned to stay racing final month. That is what occurs when races that may’t be run within the rain are rescheduled for June, when pop-up storms and rain showers are frequent, particularly within the southeast.
That is the placement for the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., the place pop-up storms had been predicted to threaten the race Sunday all through the afternoon and early night. They did simply that earlier than the race even had an opportunity to start. Ultimately, the Geico 500 was postponed to Monday at Three p.m. ET on Fox.
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Sunday’s race at Talladega was scheduled to start out at Three p.m. ET with a inexperienced flag time of three:24 p.m. ET, however lightning strikes close to the monitor delayed all pre-race operations and compelled these on website, together with 5,000 followers, to take shelter. The climate by no means let up from there.
Under are the moments that led to NASCAR’s determination to postpone the race.
NASCAR race climate updates
MONDAY, JUNE 22: Scattered storms are as soon as once more within the forecast forward of the Geico 500.
The race, which is scheduled to start Monday at Three p.m. ET, solely wants to succeed in the midway level at Lap 94 to be thought-about official.
Simply talked with @RaceWeather to coordinate the forecast – not optimistic. Odds of RACING 40-50% – WHY?
No lights in addition to drying time…
Broadly Sct’d Rain/Storms between 3-7 pm native time. Some storms may very well be robust to extreme. #NASCAR @TalladegaSuperS
— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) June 22, 2020
SUNDAY, JUNE 21: In accordance with climate.com, the probabilities of rain within the Talladega space had been round 60 % all through the afternoon and early night, which is typical for a area during which pop-up storms are frequent in June.
One other subject was lightning within the space. NASCAR at 2:35 p.m. ET introduced it needed to delay exercise at Talladega earlier than the beginning of the race due to a lightning strike close to the monitor. NASCAR has a coverage that states all motion should pause for a minimum of 30 minutes for a single lightning strike inside eight miles of the power. Extra lightning strikes occurred round 3:10 p.m. ET and continued via Four p.m. ET.
Shortly earlier than Three p.m. ET, rain began falling on the monitor. The wind was robust sufficient that one of many pit highway containers reportedly collapsed beneath the circumstances. Due to the rain, the monitor was misplaced round 3:10 p.m. ET, which means it could have to be dried earlier than the beginning of the race.
At 4:27 p.m. ET, the lightning maintain was lifted, and monitor drying efforts continued regardless of the specter of one other storm cell approaching from the west. A brand new lightning maintain was positioned at 4:56 p.m. ET. At 5:02 p.m. ET, NASCAR officers stated that they had misplaced the monitor but once more as a consequence of extra rain.
There have been two points with the rain at Talladega when it got here to getting Sunday’s race accomplished on schedule. One was the scale of the monitor; the large, 2.5-mile oval takes a minimum of an hour and a half to dry, particularly in comparatively excessive humidity.
The opposite subject was the truth that Talladega Superspeedway doesn’t have lights. Sundown within the space was predicted to come back at 7:58 p.m. native (CT) time.