NASCAR Daytona 500: What is the Weather Forecast for the Race?

by Evan Reier

The Daytona 500 is finally upon us, but, as always with racing, there could be some delays or issues due to weather.

In part, that’s just what you get in Florida. The “Sunshine State” could likely be considered the opposite based on how much it pours. But it seems like NASCAR’s biggest race will take off without any major hangups.

Considering how practice runs were canceled earlier in the weekend due to rain, this would be welcome. However, as anyone knows, weather can shift on a dime.

Aaron Studwell of RaceWeather is providing hourly updates, and at the time of writing, he has given a relatively positive update.

“12:00 noon @Daytona update: 74°F w/showers nearby. More rain near Tampa, strong line over eastern Gulf. Chc showers & potentially severe t-storms this afternoon, risk drops into evening hrs. Will be monitoring w/@NASCAR_Wxman for the #Daytona500 Odds of #NASCAR Racing: 75%”

Based on Studwell’s report, it seems like the race will at least start on time. The real issue will come in the afternoon. As Studwell mentions, a “strong line” of precipitation seems like it’s heading right for Daytona International Speedyway, and could hit during the race.

If the Daytona 500 can avoid that first hit of precipitation, it’ll likely conclude in a reasonable amount of time. If not, it could be a long day in Florida.

Daytona 500 Final Practice Canceled

We mentioned earlier that the final practice sessions for the Sunday race were canceled on Saturday night. Replying to the update from NASCAR, fans were understandably worried about the race’s chances.

“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,” one user said.

Another expressed their doubt for the Daytona 500 to actually take place 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,” the user also adds.

Whether skepticism or optimism will rule the day on Sunday remains to be seen, but it’s something that Outsider and all NASCAR fans will be watching closely.