NASCAR: Live Weather Updates From Axalta 400 At Pocono Raceway

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Last weekend NASCAR dodged a bullet with the weather as the rain in Charlotte held off. This weekend it’s going to be a different story when it comes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series was impacted by the rain on Saturday when the Xfinity race was cut short. The result was Kyle Larson picking up the victory, he now has multiple Xfinity Series wins in 2016.

On Sunday it could be a similar story for NASCAR or it could be much worse. NASCAR is hoping to get the race started Sunday but that might not even happen given the current forecast. Should NASCAR not be able to start the race or should the race not make it to the halfway point, the action would pick back up on Monday.

Although the forecast isn’t looking good on Sunday, NASCAR is still going to do everything in their power to get the race started. Be sure to follow along below for live weather updates throughout the morning on Sunday. We will continue to provide live weather updates until the race concludes or the weather forces NASCAR to make a decision.

Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 Weather Updates

2:00 PM ET – Race is officially postponed.

1:25 PM ET – For those wondering, slapping a set of rain tires on these cars is not the solution. Rain tires work on road course because cars aren’t going over 175 MPH. Also, racing in storms like this isn’t the smartest idea regardless.

1:17 PM ET – The start of the race has been officially delayed. There is more rain moving in and while all is calm at the track (for the most part) right now, a good portion of the track is lost in the fog.

12:45 PM ET – Let’s be honest, it’s not looking good folks. The good news is that Monday looks great.

12:30 PM ET – Sunset at the track is 8:32 PM ET. With the rain predicted to stop around 7:00 PM ET, the track would not be dry before it is dark out. Also, NASCAR is unlikely to start the race if they don’t believe there is a chance they can run the whole thing.

12:25 PM ET – A large cell is moving in on the track in less than 60 minutes. This wave will bring severe weather and other cells behind it according to the local weather service. This next wave won’t see a real break in weather until around 7:00 PM ET. At this point it would seem we are just waiting for NASCAR to make the call.

12:05 PM ET – Still misting and foggy at the track, driver introductions have been put on hold.

11:45 AM ET – Should the race not go off today or not make it to halfway, the tentative plan from NASCAR (according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN) is noon on Monday.

11:15 AM ET – Current projections show the systems ending around 7:00 PM ET, which doesn’t do much for those wanting the race to get in today.

11:00 AM ET – Things are fairly dry around the track right now (minus the mist) but the next wave of weather is less than 50 miles out from the track.

10:20 AM ET – The current rain at the track is about done. There is a 40 percent chance of rain between now and 2:00 PM ET. At 2:00 PM ET it jumps to 85 percent and at 3:00 PM ET it jumps to 100 percent.

9:15 AM ET – It’s raining lightly at the track currently.

8:30 AM ET – NASCAR has moved the green flag up to 1:01 PM ET, it was originally supposed to be around 1:18 PM ET.

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7:00 AM ET – The forecast is still not looking great but there might be a break in the weather in order to get the race started.

2:00 AM ET – NASCAR’s unofficial weathermen on Twitter are giving it about a 10 percent chance to go racing on Sunday, not looking good.