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Heavy thunderstorms stop the NASCAR race on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway



Twelve laps in the Camping World 400 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series were cut short as thunderstorms swept the Chicagoland Speedway with frequent blasts and damaging winds.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup The Series Camping World 400 race was originally scheduled to start at 14:16 CET, but was delayed by officials closer to 2:00 pm. due to the threat of thunderstorms.

"Just before the green flag fell, the lightning was around the track within 1

6 kilometers," said Alan Reppert, Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather. "That should have prompted NASCAR officials to stop the race."

Twelve laps were driven before a red flag was thrown [19659003] store Download the AccuWeather app for free to know when thunderstorms threaten your community, including AccuWeather MinuteCast®.

The thunderstorms carry even greater dangers than delaying the race on Sunday afternoon.

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Fans visit the NASCAR Cup Series car race on June 30, 2019 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet , Illinois. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

In addition to deadly lightning storms and thunderstorms approaching the racetrack have generated damaging winds in the past.

Racetrack stalls and trees and canopies in the Surroundings are dangerous places during a thunderstorm.


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"A closed hardtop metal vehicle can be a safe place to avoid being struck by lightning," said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The heat and humidity in northern Illinois fueled the heavy thunderstorms.

The temperatures at Chicagoland Speedway rose to around 22 ° C until the onset of thunderstorms. Taking into account the humidity, the temperatures in AccuWeather RealFeel® 105 F exceeded

  Strong Sun June 30

"Even in the thunderstorms that stopped the race and the possibility of another lap later in the day, it's possible the lights will flash there, the race is over, "Reppert said.

Around 5:40 pm After the track had dried, the drivers returned to their cars and prepared for the race to resume. was given the green light.

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