Weather Conditions for the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Race at Phoenix: Will Rain Play Spoilsport?

Published 03/14/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) and Christopher Bell (20) lead the field to start the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series drivers will touch base at the Phoenix Raceway. Once again, there will be a few concerns about the weather conditions. In the first couple of races, there have been a few rain interruptions that forced red flag periods. However, the heavens have been merciful lately, and it appears that the same will happen again this weekend.

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In terms of track conditions, the Phoenix Raceway will witness around 71°C temperatures for the NASCAR Cup race. Meanwhile, the teams and drivers will be thrilled to learn that the skies will be clear.

What to expect from this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race in Phoenix?

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This spells good news for pole-sitter Brad Keselowski, as he will be able to enjoy an uninterrupted race. Right alongside him on the front row will be Las Vegas winner, Kyle Larson. The Hendrick Motorsports driver’s win gave him a massive boost in the championship.

Championship leader Denny Hamlin, who will start in third place, will be keen to secure his first win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Chase Elliott (9) during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Naturally, the pole man is aware that he has a lot of fierce competitors on his tail. The past few races have also proven that pole position is not a surefire sign that a win is guaranteed. However, Brad Keselowski will be keen to prove the statistics wrong and be the first pole man to win.

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Admittedly, it is also worth mentioning that Kevin Harvick already has four wins at the track, in 2014, 2015, 2016, and in 2018. On the other end of the scale, Joey Logano was the last winner of the Instacart 500 in 2020. For obvious reasons, he will want a repeat.

Hopefully, the weather decides to play nice once again and provide an uninterrupted race.

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