Weather Forecast for NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Race at Martinsville: Will Rain Affect the Race?

Published 04/09/2021, 2:20 PM EDT
Mar 14, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads the way at the start of the NASCAR Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series kicks off at the Martinsville Speedway. What makes this race so special is the fact that it is the first night race of the season. This weekend’s race marks the first of two Martinsville visits, with the second one taking place during the Playoffs.

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For the extra challenge, reports suggest that the paddock can expect rain on the horizon. Around that time, the percentage of humidity is expected to be around the mid-70s to early 80s. In addition to that, the air temperature will likely hover around 60°F to 70°F. Suffice to say, rain on a track that is this short, things could get very interesting indeed.

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What to expect at the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville?

For this weekend’s race, Joey Logano starts on pole position. This comes on the back of the #22 driver winning last time around at Bristol. Alongside him on the front row is championship leader, Denny Hamlin. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will be eager to finally win a Cup race this season.

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MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – NOVEMBER 01: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, and Cole Custer, driver of the #41 HaasTooling.com Ford, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Considering that every race has produced different race winners, a Hamlin win is certainly feasible. However, the chances of someone else stealing his thunder is not out of the realm of possibility. It is a known fact that the Martinsville Speedway is one of the shortest NASCAR tracks. This is what makes it so challenging for the driver.

It is also worth mentioning that Martin Truex Jr will also be keen to defend his Martinsville crown. Other Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 winners include Hamlin himself, Brad Keselowski, Kyle and Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick. However, with the threat of the rain, the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 will likely descend into a lottery. Nevertheless, the fans and TV viewers will hopefully get their money’s worth.

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