Can the Unfortunate News to Charlotte Motor Speedway Pose a Threat to NASCAR Playoff Race?

Published 06/20/2022, 1:57 PM EDT
May 29, 2022; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain (1) leads the field into turn 1 during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Motor Speedway is an iconic track for the NASCAR Cup Series. Not only because it recently hosted the longest race in NASCAR, with 400 laps but also because the Coca-Cola 600 is one of the four crown jewel races of NASCAR, along with the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400, and the Southern 500.

However, there is some unfortunate news about the track. The city of Charlotte has been experiencing some rough and overcast weather lately. And unfortunately, the Charlotte Motor Speedway track faced some damage caused by the winds.

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In fact, the winds seem to have reached up to 72mph, according to a meteorologist.

Now, the question we all have been waiting for is, will this damage affect the playoff race?

The microburst seems to have been quite aggressive with a tree falling down, and the banners breaking. But fortunately, the damage doesn’t seem too bad. And, hopefully, the home of the 400-lap Coca-Cola 600 race should be up and running soon!

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Moreover, the NASCAR Cup Series Round of 12 Playoff race is on October 9th, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. So, the track should be good by then.

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In the end, it’s really unfortunate what happened to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. However, all we can say is that the magnitude of the damage being as low is a blessing. There is a solid possibility that the racetrack will be all good by the time of the race on the Road Course in the playoffs.

However, do you think that the microburst could have caused more damage than we see on the surface? Let us know in the comments.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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