Rain a Possibility for Daytona 500

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
February 24, 2013; 9:52 AM ET
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Despite a serious crash toward the end of the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday, the 2013 "Great American Race", the Daytona 500, will take place at the same track on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m.

The forecast for Sunday will be 10 degrees cooler than Saturday's highs, sitting at a high of about 75 degrees. The temperature difference could mean necessary adjustments to fuel for optimal performances.

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Sunday also features an increased chance for rain as a cold front sinks southward toward the region. The best chance for showers will be during the midday and afternoon hours.

"It's possible there could be some showers, even a slight thunderstorm chance, during the race," Kottlowski said. "Showers could also come just prior to the start time of the race. If it rains hard, it could cause the race to be delayed or postponed."

If the showers do interfere with the race enough to cause it to be postponed, the shower chance for Monday, though still there, is slightly lower than for Sunday's daylight hours.

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