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Storms threaten to postpone the NASCAR race on Saturday night at the Daytona International Speedway



By Renee Duff AccuWeather Meteorologist
06th July 2019, 15:45:10 EDT

After rain and thunderstorms delayed the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona Beach, Florida on Friday night, similar weather could cause problems for the US Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday night.

Friday night's race was delayed by more than two hours as stormy weather swept through the area.

Daytona International Airport received 1.75 inches of rain for the day.

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"Showers and thunderstorms have developed." According to Alan Reppert, Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather, thunderstorms will occur in the early hours of Saturday.

There is therefore a risk of delay in the early hours of the morning, the Cola Zero Sugar 400, the sc is scheduled to start at 19:30 EDT.

Each storm brings dangerous lightning strikes, with the spectators must seek protection. 19659006] Staying on the tribune or under Bä Trees and canopies is a dangerous place for thunderstorms.

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"We have to watch for a lingering rain or thunderstorm that could further delay the race," said Reppert. "A shift can not be ruled out."


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If there's a delay, the weather hit the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the second consecutive week.

Last Sunday, the race on Chicagoland Speedway was stopped by heavy thunderstorms.

"Nevertheless, according to Reppert, Daytona usually has thunderstorms for the summer race, and the tropical humidity makes Saturday more active than usual.

The thunderstorms have lowered temperatures from the high of the day to about 22 ° C ° C when the race starts early Saturday night and is expected to fall into the mid-70s AccuWeather RealFeel® The temperature is between the mid and high 80s.

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