NASCAR at Atlanta: Updated weather forecast for Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
After an exciting, crash-filled opening season race at Daytona, the NASCAR circuit heads north to Atlanta.
Sunday's Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 could be the final race on Atlanta Motor Speedway's popular and historic racing surface.
The track was scheduled to undergo a repave following last season's race, much to the chagrin of drivers and race fans, but the track announced it would delay construction until the track's 2018 NASCAR tripleheader is completed then revisit plans of possible pavement facelift.
The 1.54-mile asphalt track is the second-oldest racing surface on the circuit and is a track favored by many NASCAR drivers. The 21-year-old surface is also known for being a bumpy track because of sealed cracks in the asphalt, but the old, rough and weathered surface allows for side-by-side racing in multiple grooves.
Austin Dillon has already locked up a playoff berth with his Daytona 500 win. Can he capture another win Sunday, or will reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr. continue his dominance at 1.5-mile tracks? Both will start from the rear of the field in what could be a rain-shortened race.
NASCAR at Atlanta: TV channel and streaming info
Sunday, Feb. 25
1 p.m. ET: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (325 laps, 500.5 miles), Fox
Atlanta radar, weather forecast
The Atlanta race moved from March to February for this season but the temperatures will feel spring-like over the race weekend with highs in the mid-70s. Sunday's race could be dicey as forecasts call for anywhere from a 50 to 70 percent chance of rain throughout the afternoon. NASCAR moved the race up an hour but rain is also expected Sunday night into Monday morning.
NASCAR VP Steve O'Donnell said if the race is to be run on Sunday that the track-drying process needs to be started no later than 5 p.m. ET.
Radar 11:05 AM ET - Rain continues around @amsupdates - there could be some breaks later this afternoon the question is - will they be long enough to dry track & deal with any weepers? We’ll keep you updated (@RaceWeather) #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/lAkKwsuAJK— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) February 25, 2018
Which NASCAR Cup Series drivers are racing at Atlanta?
There are just 36 Cup drivers entered in Sunday's race, meaning all drivers made the race with Friday's qualifying setting their starting positions. Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order by first name:
Darrell Wallace Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
TBA (Premium Motorsports)