How long will the rain delay last Saturday night?


I’m sure this isn’t surprising news, but Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway is officially rain-delayed.

The Coke Zero Sugar 400 was originally scheduled to go green at 7:17 p.m. ET, however, heavy rain throughout the day soaked the race track and forced NASCAR officials to delay the start of tonight’s race.

Additionally, lightning struck the Daytona International Speedway area Saturday, further delaying pre-race activities.

So with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 delayed for rain, the key question now revolves around how much more precipitation will fall in Daytona on Saturday night and whether NASCAR can find a window dry enough to dry out the track and get the race started.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at NASCAR’s updated weather forecast for Daytona, including the odds that the Coke Zero Sugar 400 will be rescheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Weather forecast for NASCAR in Daytona

According to the National Weather Service, there are reasons for optimism Saturday night in Daytona.

From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, there is a 54 percent chance of rain at the track, which then drops to 33 percent by 11 p.m. ET.

It should take officials a little over two hours to dry out the track assuming the rain doesn’t return.

At 7:06 p.m. ET, Bob Pockrass of FOX Sports tweeted that the rain had risen in Daytonaso the chances of starting tonight probably depend on the intensity and duration of this current downpour.

Should the event eventually be postponed, the weather forecast for Sunday is also wet.

There’s a 70% chance of rain Sunday afternoon in Daytona, with showers and thunderstorms likely after noon ET.

If NASCAR is able to get the race started tonight, but cannot complete the full 160 lap distance, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 would be official midway through Lap 80.

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