The climate forecast for the Martinsville, Va., space Wednesday is such that the primary NASCAR Cup Sequence evening race within the historical past of the half-mile oval is at risk of experiencing a rain delay. Which might make it the fourth race since NASCAR’s return final month that has been delayed by climate.
Wednesday evening’s race at Martinsville is scheduled to start out at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, and the probabilities for precipitation within the space enhance because the evening goes on. Go determine: NASCAR lastly schedules an evening race at Martinsville, and the climate forecast suggests it will have a greater likelihood to run as a day race.
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Wednesday evening’s race at Martinsville solely wants to achieve the the midway level (Lap 250) to develop into official. That time would come simply earlier than the tip of Stage 2, which ends on Lap 260.
My guess keen to start out as late as 9:30-10 tonight b/c Thursday not possibility w/o upheaval of Homestead schedule (truck race already was moved from earlier than Xfinity race Sat to nighttime for extra setup time for broadcast/gear from Martinsville). Forecast reveals potential home windows. https://t.co/n4b1ip0VI8
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Beneath is what we all know concerning the climate forecast NASCAR will monitor because the 7 p.m. ET begin time for Wednesday evening’s race approaches.
NASCAR race climate forecast for Martinsville
In response to climate.com, there’s a 50 % likelihood of precipitation within the Martinsville, Va., space at 7 p.m. ET, when the NASCAR race is scheduled to start. The probabilities of rain enhance because the evening progresses.
The climate forecast requires scattered thunderstorms Wednesday evening with very excessive humidity as some remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal enter the realm from the southwest.
A stay climate radar for Martinsville will be discovered right here.
The issue with a possible rain delay at Martinsville is the turnaround NASCAR has to handle earlier than the subsequent race on its modified 2020 schedule. Wednesday evening’s race was set for 7 p.m. ET (relatively than eight p.m. ET, the unique time for the spring race at Martinsville) partially as a result of groups might want to journey again to their amenities after the race in preparation for Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
That is why the Martinsville race cannot run Thursday if it will get postponed. So NASCAR in that case must weigh two choices, per Motorsport.com’s Jim Utter.
Within the occasion of a rainout, the Martinsville race may very well be postponed one week and as a substitute run Wednesday, June 17. The opposite possibility is to scrap the Martinsville spring race altogether and run a Cup Sequence doubleheader at Homestead this weekend.