Tums Fast Relief 500 Weather Update: Drivers… Start Your Engines


Hurricane Sandy continues to set its sight on the eastern seaboard, but she and an approaching cold front will leave the paperclip alone for this afternoon’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  With Sandy taking a wide turn off the east coast, the rain looks to remain to the east of the speedway today, and showers along a cold front near the Appalachian Mountains will stay to the west, leaving a narrow region of dry weather in between.

Skies will remain mostly cloudy to overcast throughout the day today, and north winds around 15 mph will make it feel a bit chilly. I don’t think temperatures are going to change very much… they are in the upper 50s this morning, but with any peeks of sunshine, we may be able to make it up to around 64 degrees by the scheduled start at 1:43pm.  Without any sun, we may struggle to get to 60 degrees today.

I’m sure many people attending the race today have interests along the Mid-Atlantic or New England coast, whether their own or that of their family and friends.  While Sandy may or may not live up to the hype, it will be a major storm either way.  Anyone near the coast needs to pay attention to local media and officials and take all warnings seriously.

Be sure to check in next week for the Texas Motor Speedway forecast.  All three of NASCAR’s major series will be running, and I’m looking forward to seeing it in person from the infield.  An early look shows some potential for wet stuff toward the end of the weekend, but there’s plenty of time for change.  Stay tuned!

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