NASCAR: Major schedule change for New Hampshire Cup race?

Christopher Bell, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Christopher Bell, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The weather forecast for Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway does not look promising.

You have to go back more than one month to find the last time a NASCAR Cup Series race did not have its schedule altered in some way, shape, or form as a result of inclement weather.

That race was the race at Sonoma Raceway, the final race before this year’s broadcast switch from Fox to NBC and the final race before the lone off weekend of the 2023 season, back on Sunday, June 11.

The race at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, June 25 was moved up due to a less than stellar forecast later in the evening, the inaugural street race in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, July 2 was postponed due to wet conditions and then shortened due to darkness, and the most recent race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 9 was shortened due to rain.

Will Sunday’s Crayon 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway become the fourth straight rain-affected NASCAR Cup Series race?

The smart money is on yet another schedule change.

According to The Weather Channel, there is a 100% chance of thunderstorms throughout the afternoon at the four-turn, 1.058-mile (1.703-kilometer) Loudon, New Hampshire oval.

While nothing is ever a sure thing, it’s safe to say that the race probably won’t start at its 2:49 p.m. ET scheduled start time and proceed to see its entire 301-lap distance run without any sort of weather-related interruption.

FanDuel Sportsbook, which is now offering an instant $200 to all fans just for signing up and placing a single $20 bet, lists Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell as the +450 favorite to win this race.

Bell is the reigning race winner and has had tremendous success at New Hampshire Motor Speedway throughout his entire NASCAR career, success to which he added on Saturday afternoon by securing the pole position for the Crayon 301.

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As of now, the Crayon 301 is set to be broadcast live on USA Network from New Hampshire Motor Speedway beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon, but stay tuned for potential changes. Regardless of when that race actually ends up happening, begin a free trial of FuboTV now and be sure not to miss it!