What is the Weather Forecast for the Cup Series Finale in Phoenix?

Published 11/06/2021, 5:54 AM 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


With everything coming down to the race on Sunday in Phoenix, the pressure will be high on the four drivers. And while they’ll certainly battle to control a lot of race deciding factors, from the car to their emotions to the strategy, one thing they have no control over is the weather.

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On Saturday, during the qualifying in which the starting grid will be set, the track will see a High of 88° and a Low of 59° with a 0% probability of rain.

The weather on Sunday will be similar to the one on Saturday, with a High of 87° and a Low of 57° with minimal wind and no probability of rain in the business hours at Phoenix Raceway.

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Mar 14, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe (14) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (10) drive during the NASCAR Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The weather can dramatically affect many things in a racecar, like tire temperatures, brake temperatures, and aerodynamics.

But it looks as though the conditions will remain ideal for racing in what promises to be a thrilling weekend.

Tension on the field in Phoenix?

Hendrick duo Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott will battle with Joe Gibbs duo Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.

Most predictions put Kyle Larson on top of the group to lift the trophy. Larson has won more races than the three other contenders combined with 11 victories.

His teammate Chase Elliott heads into Phoenix as the defending champion. With a win, Elliott will become the youngest driver to win back-to-back titles.

Joe Gibbs’ Denny Hamlin will know this might just be the best shot at winning his first Cup Series. The 40-year-old driver hasn’t lifted the trophy in his 17 years of racing in NASCAR’s top tier.

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Hamlin’s teammate Martin Truex Jr. is the least fancied to win. However, the driver with four wins this season can come up as a surprise as the track’s specifications are like those of his four victories this season.

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The race in Phoenix promises to be a thrilling one with drama and action. Let’s see if the temperatures rise between the drivers in Arizona’s heat in the battle for the title.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A Graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.

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