USA Today via Reuters

USA Today via Reuters

As entertaining as NASCAR is, it doesn’t take much to completely disrupt a race weekend, and that might be the case during the Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. As a result, Goodyear has added wet weather tires to their stock for the event on Sunday. These tires go a long way in enabling drivers to race on wet tracks, but only to a certain degree. Now, there are varying reports of rain, and if it gets too much, we might be in for another Daytona-like situation.

Uncertainties regarding the weather surrounding Richmond Raceway

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According to a report in RaceWeather, the forecast for Sunday is Mostly Cloudy & An Evening Shower & Thunderstorm.” The issue with this forecast is that the amount of rain that may fall is not definitive. Motorsports can take place under rainy circumstances, but if it’s absolutely pouring down, the track just gets far too dangerous for cars to drive at high speeds. And Richmond is a short track, which makes it all the more perilous for the drivers.


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“No change in start time. Forecasts are all over the place. Some say 40% chance rain tomorrow; others say 70% and most indicate there will be windows. They do have wet weather tires to get restarted a little earlier in damp if it rains (no wipers, no rain flaps, no rear lights),” eminent NASCAR journalist Bob Pockrass wrote in a recent tweet on X.

But something about the rain can make the Cup Series race just as interesting as the last short track race at the Bristol Motor Speedway, and that is strategy.


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If the rain is not too hard, then the drivers can put on their wet weather tires and go racing. The first bit of strategy will involve when a driver decides to pit if it starts raining during the race. Usually, the earliest pitter gets the advantage, and it will be interesting to see which crew chief makes the best decision. Then comes the part when the rain stops. Switching from wet to dry tires is also going to be a big strategy call, considering just how much faster the latter is.

If the rain comes in the middle of the race, NASCAR’s going to throw the caution and declare wet weather, which makes that decision easy. The real trick is when the track starts to dry up, and the transition back to slicks, that’s the real hard decision to make,” Joe Gibbs Racing‘s Xfinity Series crew chief Tyler Allen said as per ABC 8 News.


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It will be interesting to see how hard the rain comes down and how the teams adjust to the changing situations. Hopefully, we won’t have to endure another one of those painful postponements.

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