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UPDATE #6 – Gentleman Start Your Engines! The command has been given and we are moments away from the green flag even though it’s some 21 hours later than it should have been. Happy Race Monday Everyone! Be sure to check back with Beyond the Flag for post-race coverage!
UPDATE #5 – NASCAR has postponed the race until 12 PM ET on Monday.
UPDATE #4 – The forecast still looks bleak for the immediate future (4:25 PM ET). Good news is that later in the night things look promising. This thing may not be ready for another few hours but they might be able to still run this thing tonight.
UPDATE #3 – They are currently (2:51 PM ET) trying to dry the track. There is a lot of rain still in the area but it appears that the system might be shifting NE and moving away from the track. Joey Logano is currently drinking Coke with Michael Waltrip and Austin Dillon wears cowboy boots as part of his pre-race ritual.
UPDATE #2 – Driver introductions have been put on hold because of the weather.
UPDATE #1 – It’s not looking good today folks. The weather is still pretty much as predicted below. No word from NASCAR yet in regards to any changes. Keep checking back here as there will be weather updates all through the day until the race finishes.
The 2014 NASCAR season has been highlighted by some great finishes and a string of six consecutive different winners. Aside from some negative tire issues; the 2014 NASCAR season has also been hampered by the weather. Out of the first six races of the season only two of them saw weekends without rain, Las Vegas and Fontana. As the Sprint Cup Series rolls into Texas it doesn’t look like NASCAR will be picking up its third rain-free weekend.
The forecast for Saturday looks promising. There is a chance of rain late in the day but it shouldn’t impact qualifying or practice. The forecast for Sunday isn’t as bright. According to the National Weather Service there is currently a 90 percent chance of rain on Sunday. The storm system is expected to be around the track for most of the early afternoon and possibly into the early evening. As the evening progresses the forecast currently calls for the rain to end and most of Sunday night into Monday morning looks clear.
The one good thing for NASCAR is that Texas Motor Speedway has lights. Therefore, NASCAR could hold off and run the race under the lights. Friday nights Nationwide event, which was won by Chase Elliot, wrapped up just before midnight. There is no reason to think NASCAR wouldn’t be willing to run a similar time schedule to get the Sprint Cup race in.
Although the weather looks ominous now, things obviously do change. Hopefully the storm will come earlier in the day or miss the track completely. However if the rains do come, expect a long delay and a lot of Michael Waltrip and company trying to entertain all of us.