The sphere of 40 NASCAR Cup Collection vehicles was actually lower than a lap away from taking the inexperienced flag forthe 2020 Daytona 500 earlier than rain drops started falling at Daytona Worldwide Speedway at roughly 3:30 p.m. ET, delaying the beginning of the 62nd annual Nice American Race.
Roughly 10 minutes after the pop-up bathe started, the rain stopped, and the solar got here out as NASCAR started drying the monitor.
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The forecast for Sunday in Daytona referred to as for a 30 p.c probability of precipitation, and the radar in the moments main as much as the start of the race confirmed a handful of pop-up showers however no vital weather programs.
3:45 PM ET replace : Clearing skies, 75F, SE winds 14 mph w/gusts. Iso bathe abt 25 mi SSW @DISupdates – Stronger line abt 70 mi west – Cells shifting NNE, complete line shifting east, assoc with a chilly entrance. As @NASCAR_WXMAN & I’ve fcst, growing danger of rain into aft/eve hrs. pic.twitter.com/1joruLrNPB
RaceWeather – Aaron Studwell (@RaceWeather) February 16, 2020
NASCAR as of 4p.m. ET had not issued an replace on when it expects to get the Daytona 500 began. Fox announcer Mike Pleasure insisted NASCAR was “closing in” on the beginning of the race based mostly on the progress of the monitor drying course of.
Daytona Worldwide Speedway, after all, is a 2.5-mile monster of a race monitor, making the drying course of a bit prolonged in comparison with that of most circuits. It does not assist that the monitor is positioned so near the Japanese Florida coast inthe flattest space of the state, making it vulnerable to the type of pop-up showerthat delayed Sunday’s Daytona 500.