NASCAR Daytona 500 Final Practice Canceled Due to ‘Inclement Weather’

by Keeli Parkey
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NASCAR drivers were hoping to be able to practice for Sunday’s Daytona 500 on Saturday (Feb. 13). However, Mother Nature had different plans.

According to a tweet from the official Twitter account of NASCAR, Saturday’s practices for the annual race at Daytona International Speedway have been canceled “due to inclement weather.”

Race fans responded with disappointment to the news on Saturday. “That’s why I hate Daytona weather,” one fan posted in response to NASCAR’s tweet.

One fan even reached out to a famous billionaire to help NASCAR with its weather issues via Twitter. “How do we not have this figured out yet? Hey, @elonmusk. Can you please help @NASCAR figure out how they can race in the rain? Sincerely, racing fans everywhere,” this tweet read.

Other fans expressed concerns about what the weather will be when the Daytona 500 is scheduled to begin on Sunday.

“I don’t see how y’all are going to get the race in tomorrow, it’s supposed to be storming there pretty much all day,” one user posted. “Will you even race tomorrow????” another fan asked.

How to Watch the Daytona 500

Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and one of the best NASCAR races of the year will go on as scheduled and on time. As of Saturday around noon, the 63rd annual “Great American Race” was still scheduled to air live on FOX beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST.

You will also be able to live stream the race on FOX Sports Go and listen to the race on the radio via MRN.

Providing commentary of the Daytona 500 on FOX will be Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, and Mike Joy.

Check out everything you need to know about how to watch the Daytona 500 here.

Air Titan Crashes on Daytona Track During Qualifying Duels

Mother Nature also messed with the Bluegreen Vacations Duel qualifying races on Thursday (Feb. 11). The rain began after the first of the duel races was completed, but before the second race could begin.

With the track now wet, the Air Titans were called in. These vehicles are kept on standby at NASCAR events to dry the track should inclement weather stall a race. So, when it stopped raining on Thursday, the Air Titans took to the track to do their assigned job.

According to an article by 247sports.com, the Air Titans were into Turn Four of Daytona International Speedway and one of them began having issues. The vehicle fishtailed. This caused it to turn sideways as it moved down toward the inside of the track. The Air Titan hit the track’s apron and equipment attached to the back of the vehicle broke away. Luckily, the odd accident didn’t further delay the return to racing on Thursday and the duels continued.

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