NASCAR fans finally got a taste of racing for the first time in more than two months on Sunday, when Kevin Harvick won the Real Heroes 400 at the Darlington Raceway. But the next NASCAR race, which will be held in Darlington, S.C., an Xfinity Series event, was not uninterrupted.
The Xfinity race in Darlington, which was originally scheduled to start on Tuesday at 6pm. ET and it was went up two hours in an attempt to avoid possible bad weather, it ended up being postponed to Thursday due to rain. Thursday's new race schedule was scheduled for ET noon, but rain and lightning in the area again delayed the start of the race.
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NASCAR weather forecast for the Xfinity Series race in Darlington
According weather.com, Darlington, S.C.'s hourly forecast on Thursday calls for scattered thunderstorms throughout the afternoon. There was a 25% chance of precipitation at noon, when the Xfinity race was scheduled to start.
Rain and lightning delayed the start of the race, and the chance of bad weather in the area only increases throughout the afternoon, reaching a 70% chance of precipitation at 5pm. local time.
However, NASCAR found a window, started to dry the runway and set a new green flag time at 4:30 pm. ET.
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Here they are current weather radar to Darlington, S.C.
Thursday's Xfinity race in Darlington is scheduled for 147 laps, with Phase 1 ending on the 45th lap and Phase 2 on the 90. He needs to reach the midpoint to be considered official. FS1 will broadcast the race on Thursday, regardless of when it starts.
It is not clear whether NASCAR would be able to run the Xfinity race in Darlington on Friday if the weather makes a Thursday race impossible.
As this is the first NASCAR Xfinity Series race since the coronavirus pandemic ended live sports in March, and since there were no training sessions before the green flag, there will be a modified competition warning on lap 15, following the same procedures used on Sunday. Race of the Copa Series.
Contribution: Tadd Haislop