Weather Conditions for NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Race at Atlanta: Will Rain Play Spoilsport on Sunday?

Published 03/20/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) and driver William Byron (24) lead the field for the start of the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series paddock makes landfall at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. As always, there will be a few eyes focused on the weather conditions for the race weekend. On the bright side, it appears that the skies will be clear and not a drop of rain will fall. On the other end of the scale, drivers will have to contend with temperatures ranging between 49° and 57 °F.

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As per reports, humidity ranges between 23% to 36% throughout the day. In other words, there will be uninterrupted action at Atlanta. Hopefully, the weather should remain dry for the Cup Series race, especially since the first couple of races witnessed rainfall.

What to expect from the NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta?

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Championship leader Denny Hamlin will start on pole position for Sunday’s race, ahead of Martin Truex Jr. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will be keen to finally get that first win of the 2021 season. Even if he does not, Hamlin will most likely settle for extending his championship lead over his rivals.

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Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series drivers Denny Hamlin (11), Kyle Busch (18), Martin Truex Jr. (19) and Bubba Wallace (23) during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, just because Hamlin is on pole for the Cup Series race, it does not mean that he will win. The past few Cup Series races have proven that just about anybody can reach Victory Lane. However, it is also worth mentioning that Hamlin has won the race back in 2012. On the other end of the scale, Kevin Harvick is the last winner at the track.

Without a doubt, Hamlin will try everything in his power to emerge victorious. However, he knows that all his rivals will be right on his tail and won’t let him get away so easily. Irrespective of this, the veteran driver is still an excellent racer, and he is certainly capable of winning races, as evidenced in the 2020 season.

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