The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may have the weekend off, but you can still get your NASCAR fix with Sunday’s STP 300 Nationwide Series race from Chicagoland Speedway. Here’s a quick forecast for those wondering if weather may be a factor this weekend.
Nationwide Series haulers enter the track this afternoon and the action gets started with practice on Saturday. Teams will get a full day of practice in, as I see no weather issues for tomorrow that will hold them back. Skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures already up to around 83 degrees by the time practice begins at 11:30am CT. It should remain fairly steady through both practice sessions, with a high for the day around 84. Winds will be light out of the north, but just enough to help cool you off a little. For those camping at the track, expect overnight lows in the middle 60s.
On Sunday, the STP 300 is set for a 2:16pm start. As we’ve seen with what seems to be just about every race weekend over the past month or so, there is a slight chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm for this one. Because the race starts a little later in the afternoon, that chance of showers applies to the entire race, but it does appear that rain will be more likely later in the race versus at the start. It all looks isolated to scattered, so I think we’ll be able to get the race in, but don’t be surprised if one shower or storm rolls through and causes a delay. Teams will have to keep half (maybe 1/4th) an eye on the radar during the race.
Aside from the small chance for a shower, the forecast looks pretty good for Sunday. We’ll warm up to 70 by 8am and should come up just shy of 80 for the high for the day due to the added clouds (partly to mostly cloudy skies). Expect temperatures to be hovering in the upper 70s throughout the race. South to southeast winds will be up a little, but generally only 10-15 mph, so not much of an issue for the drivers or fans. Rain is more likely late Sunday night and Monday, so either be prepared for it if you are still planning on camping Sunday night, or be ready to head home after the race to avoid it.
Next week is full of excitement as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Eldora Speedway for a historic night of dirt track racing. As of right now, it looks like a cool front affecting the area will do its thing and get out of town in time for one of the most anticipated NASCAR events in quite some time, and the weather also seems to want to cooperate for the Brickyard 400 next Sunday. Make sure you check back with me here at BeyondTheFlag.com or on twitter (@weathersfuori) for updates as I fine tune the forecast!