Darlington Raceway, NASCAR, Cup Sequence (Picture by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Photos)
Whereas it was a rain-shortened race, NASCAR was in a position to survive a frightening climate forecast to get Wednesday’s Cup Sequence race in as scheduled.
After Sunday’s The Actual Heroes 400 NASCAR Cup Sequence race at Darlington Raceway went off with no hitch for the primary dwell motion in 10 weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic, the schedule for the rest of the week didn’t look very promising so far as the climate was involved.
The Toyota 200 Xfinity Sequence race was scheduled to happen on Tuesday night on the four-turn, 1.366-mile (2.198-kilometer) egg-shaped oval in Darlington, South Carolina starting at eight:00 p.m. ET.
To fight the specter of rain and thunderstorms, NASCAR moved up the beginning time of the race to six:00 p.m. ET. However that didn’t change something, as rain had already soaked the observe and was persevering with to fall, forcing NASCAR to make the inevitable determination to push off the 147-lap race to this afternoon.
There was the same forecast for yesterday evening’s Cup Sequence race on the observe. There was a 100% likelihood of rain and thunderstorms through the day and a 90% likelihood through the night. When Fox Sports activities 1’s life broadcast of the race started, the rain was falling and it was introduced that the beginning of the race had been delayed indefinitely.
The race was initially scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET earlier than NASCAR moved up the beginning time to six:00 p.m. ET because of the threatening forecast.
With the remainder of the week’s forecast not wanting too promising and NASCAR scheduled to make the fast journey to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a stretch of 4 consecutive days of racing starting this Sunday, issues weren’t wanting good.
Add in the truth that NASCAR’s return to racing schedule options hardly any breaks over the subsequent few weeks, and it was clear that having to reschedule one other race might have put NASCAR in a bind.
However then a brand new window emerged, albeit a small one, that confirmed the radar was clear, and so long as NASCAR might get in half (114) of the scheduled 228 laps, the race could be thought of official and the outcomes could be confirmed.
NASCAR was in a position to get the motion underway shortly after eight:00 p.m. ET.
Certainly, the rain got here through the race. However surprisingly, it nearly held off to the very finish. NASCAR was in a position to run 208 laps of the race earlier than throwing the crimson flag and declaring Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin the winner, and with fewer than the 11 warning flag durations it featured, your complete race could have been in a position to be accomplished.
In fact, NASCAR nonetheless must get in at this time’s Xfinity Sequence earlier than they’re fully within the clear to maneuver on to Charlotte, and the preliminary plan was to be executed at “The Woman in Black” for the week by now. So they’re nonetheless coping with a slight delay, which can or is probably not prolonged relying on at this time’s climate.
However given what many thought the possibilities had been of yesterday’s race happening, not having two races to fret about becoming in earlier than the busy weekend is a large plus.
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Fox Sports activities 1 is about to broadcast the Toyota 200 Xfinity Sequence race dwell from Darlington Raceway starting at 12:00 p.m. ET this afternoon. Throughout the subsequent week, Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled to host two Cup Sequence races, one on Sunday, Could 24 and the opposite on Wednesday, Could 27, as nicely one Xfinity Sequence race on Monday, Could 25 and one Truck Sequence race on Tuesday, Could 26.