NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway: What Is the Weather Forecast for the Weekend Races?

by Chris Haney

The NASCAR Cup Series is currently in Georgia this weekend for races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The series returns to the track after a Fourth of July race on Sunday where the No. 9 crew and Chase Elliott took home the checkered flag.

There have been some storms and inclement weather in the Atlanta area in recent days. But we’re expecting Saturday and Sunday’s competitions to clear up hopefully by race time, which will be welcomed news for NASCAR fans in attendance.

That means inclement weather shouldn’t be so bad that it’s a nuisance to both drivers and fans this weekend. Therefore fans may be able to leave their ponchos stowed away, but might want to keep them handy just in case. However, fans shouldn’t be too worried about cancellations or long delays this weekend. The weather should allow for plenty of racing action on the track without the starting and stopping that follows weather-related cautions and stoppages.

It looks like things should hold off enough for a great weekend of races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But nonetheless, let’s check in on this weekend’s forecast for the Quaker State 400 Presented By Walmart race.

NASCAR Weekend Weather Forecast

Saturday, July 10th – NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Atlanta-2

Saturday afternoon’s Xfinity Series race is also taking place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The first race of the weekend is a 163-lap, 251-mile competition on the 1.54-mile speedway. Stage 1 in Atlanta will come to an end after Lap 40, and Stage 2 will finish at Lap 80. The race is set to begin later this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. EST tomorrow.

The National Weather Service forecast is calling for partly sunny skies as the race gets underway. Earlier storms will hopefully clear up as the day has a high near 87°. There’s a 50% chance of rain early on, but things should clear up as the race continues.

VERDICT: Of the two Atlanta races, Saturday is looking better off than Sunday. The race could be impacted by some rain and possible thunderstorms early on. Fans will want to come prepared for the worst in case of rainfall just to be safe, but it shouldn’t be too bad out there as the day goes on.

Sunday, May 30th – Quaker State 400 Presented By Walmart

The NASCAR Cup Series main event will take over Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. The final race of the weekend is a 260-lap, 400-mile competition on the 1.54-mile speedway, which will also air at 3:30 p.m. EST on Sunday. The Quaker State 400 event will mark the 115th race hosted by the speedway in the series’ history dating back to 1960.

Unfortunately, fans that have tickets to the big Sunday race will want to err on the side of caution. The forecast is looking somewhat uncertain on the day. Temperatures will stay on the rise with a high of 87° once again. In addition, the National Weather Service is likewise calling for another 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10 a.m. The percentage should drop throughout the day though. So hopefully NASCAR fans will have a mostly clear day at the track.

VERDICT: Since there could be some inclement weather, race fans will want to come prepared just in case. You may luck out by 3:30 and not have any rain to deal with. But here’s your heads up to plan ahead for storms passing through the area anyways. Better safe than sorry.