Rain could delay Sunday’s Quaker State 400

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The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Quaker State 400 (3 p.m. ET, US), the second event of the season at the newly configured race track.

However, while March’s race was unaffected by rain, Sunday’s NASCAR weather forecast for Atlanta isn’t that promising.

In fact, Saturday’s qualifying session was washed away by rain, so the bad weather has already had an effect on the race weekend.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at NASCAR’s updated forecast for Atlanta, including the chances of wet weather delaying Sunday’s race.

NASCAR weather forecast for Atlanta

For starters, it’s important to note that Atlanta Motor Speedway is actually located in Hampton, Georgia, 27 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms after 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, which puts the precipitation within the race start time window at 3 p.m. ET.

According to the latest hourly breakdown, there is a 46% chance of rain at 3 p.m. ET, 50% chance at 6 p.m. ET and 53% chance at 9 p.m. ET.

As is usually the case, the timing and intensity of the rain will determine if there is a dry enough window for Sunday’s race in Atlanta to begin.

And who knows? Maybe the rain avoids the track altogether and NASCAR is able to go the full distance.

For those wondering, Atlanta Motor Speedway has lights, which means NASCAR has the option to wait out the rain and dry out the track if the weather clears Sunday night.

Additionally, a NASCAR race is official at the midpoint, which means Sunday’s Quaker State 400 will be official once lap 130 is complete.

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