The 2014 NASCAR season is only five races old but it has already been on the bad end of the elements, twice. The rains came in Daytona and Bristol; both resulted in day races ending under the lights. Both resulted in rain delays that lasted multiple hours and both resulted in poor TV ratings for NASCAR. As we prepare to head into a race weekend at Martinsville, it would appear that weather might again be a factor.
According to The Weather Channel’s official website, the forecast is calling for rain Friday and Saturday in Martinsville. Friday there is a 70 percent chance of rain with the majority of the showers most likely happening between 11AM and 5PM. Sprint Cup qualifying is scheduled to take place between 4:30 and 6:00 on Friday; the rain could heavily impact qualifying if the forecast holds true.
Saturday there is a 60 percent chance of rain throughout the day. Saturday is also calling for thunderstorms after 3PM. The NASCAR Camping Truck race is scheduled to run at 2PM on Saturday. It would seem likely that at some point the truck drivers are going to encounter some of the wet stuff. Hopefully they are able to get the truck race in since it’s been awhile since we have seen these guys on the track.
Luckily for the Sprint Cup crew Sunday is looking like the best day of the weekend. The way things stand now there is only a 20 percent chance of rain on Sunday. Obviously things could change and the storms could come earlier or later. This season NASCAR has seen low TV ratings across the board and without question some of that has to do with the rain. The last things that NASCAR or the fans want to see on Sunday is another rain delay.
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Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the rains hold off.