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Rain may postpone NASCAR’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.
As NASCAR heads to "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" this weekend, wet weather will threaten to delay or possibly even postpone Sunday afternoon’s race in Bristol, Tennessee.

The same system poised to trigger severe weather and blizzard conditions over the nation’s midsection to end the week will slowly advance eastward this weekend.

Fans heading to practice and qualifying rounds on Friday will only have to worry about bringing along plenty of water and sunscreen. A high temperature near 80 degrees Fahrenheit is expected.

Rain from the advancing system will likely hold off for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday afternoon. It will be another very warm day with temperatures in the lower 80s. 
However, fans, drivers and crew members will need to prepare for much different weather conditions for Sunday’s Food City 500.

“The speed of this storm system as it progresses eastward will determine the exact timing of rain and thunderstorms in eastern Tennessee on Sunday,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda. “However, confidence is high that rain and thunderstorms will push through the Bristol area sometime during the daylight hours on Sunday.”

The green flag may not even get a chance to wave at its scheduled 2 p.m. EDT start time as rain is projected to move into the Bristol area during Sunday morning and continue through a portion of the afternoon. 
“Fans attending the race at Bristol on Sunday should prepare for drenching rain, and should have a plan in place to take shelter, as some thunder and lightning is possible in the area,” Sojda said.

Even if the rain ends during the early part of the afternoon, it will likely take several hours for crews to fully dry out the track and get it properly ready for the race. As a result, fans should also prepare for lengthy delays.
Similar weather delays occurred last year at Bristol, when heavy rain forced the Food City 500 to be moved from its originally scheduled day on Sunday, April 23, to Monday, April 24.
The track does have lights in case Sunday’s race gets delayed significantly, but officials may opt to postpone the race to Monday if necessary.

Monday will be a drier but much cooler day with temperatures struggling to reach 50 F, according to Sojda.

AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will be held in the 30s for much of the day thanks to a stiff breeze. There may even be a few snow showers in the area, especially during the morning, but no accumulation is expected.

This weekend’s race is the first of two that are held at Bristol Motor Speedway every year. The famed night race will be held in August. 

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