NASCAR Daytona 500 2021 Weather Forecast: Will Rain Play Spoilsport on Sunday?

Published 02/14/2021, 1:24 AM EST
Feb 11, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillion (3) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23) race for the finish line during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 NASCAR Daytona 500 is nearly here, and the anticipation is building up steadily. However, there is a slight and literal damper to the event. Already, the duel races faced several rain delays on Thursday. Apparently, this is not the first time this kind of situation has arisen during the Daytona Speed weeks.

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Unfortunately, things are about to get worse, as the National Weather Center predicts more showers. It does not help matters that there are chances that these showers could continue through until next Tuesday.

All through Friday, many eyes were on the heavens, due to a 50% chance of showers. That increased to 60% by the time night fell, and there was plenty of cloud cover in the area during the day.

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How does the weather forecast look for the NASCAR Daytona 500?

Sadly, Saturday did not seem to be any different, with intermittent showers throughout the day. In addition to that, the forecast predicts cloudy skies with temperatures nearing 78°. There may also be a chance of pockets of storm cells passing through in the evening.

In other words, the NASCAR Daytona 500 schedule is facing a serious threat.

Feb 11, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23), NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliot (9) during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

To make matters worse, Saturday was a busy time for the paddock. This is because they sport scheduled two Cup practices, Xfinity qualifying, an ARCA race, and an Xfinity race.

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Furthermore, there are even more chances of rain on Sunday for the race itself. Sadly, the chances have shot up to an alarming 70%, as per the National Weather Service. The good news is that there may be some respite in the evening, but everything is up in the air, quite literally.

It is worth mentioning that last year’s Daytona 500 got postponed by a day, due to heavy rain. Now, the sport, the drivers, teams and fans will hope that Mother Nature will be kind on Sunday night.

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