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Bristol weather forecast isn't promising for Sunday's scheduled Cup race

Expected rain could ruin NASCAR's weekend at Bristol

News 20 Apr 2017, 21:11 IST
NASCAR race delayed due to rain
NASCAR race delayed due to rain

Rain postponed Bristol Motor Speedway's fall NASCAR Cup Series race last year and it appears weather will wreak havoc on the Tennessee track again this weekend. 

Forecasts predict rain this weekend, with the possibility of enough precipitation to force postponement of Sunday's Food City 500. 

The heaviest of the rain is expected to move through the Smoky Mountains Saturday night into Sunday morning with lingering showers in the afternoon. 

According to NASCAR weatherman Brian Neudorff, the odds of racing the Monster Energy Cup Series Food City 500 are around 40 to 50 percent with possible delays. His odds for Saturday's Xfinity Series race happening are 50 to 60 percent. 

Last year at Bristol, Kevin Harvick led 128 laps to win the weather-delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race nearly 24 hours after it was scheduled to finish. Spotty showers in Bristol still dampened Sunday's running, forcing several cautions, but drivers managed to get all 500 laps in.

NASCAR is hoping the weather will cooperate this weekend but the governing body does have a new policy saying it can move the green flag up an hour in case of inclement weather.

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