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Sunday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn., may turn into a washout following a dry start to the weekend.
A low pressure system will spread rain across the region on Sunday and continue into the first half of Monday.
What may start off as a few showers on Sunday morning will develop into a steadier rain by the afternoon before the race has a chance to start.
Currently, the race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
On Saturday, NASCAR announced that if the weather does not permit the race to be run on Sunday, it would be rescheduled for noon on Monday.
Although rain is still in the forecast for Monday, it is expected to taper off by the afternoon. Depending on when the rain stops, it may push back the start time later in the day on Monday to allow for crews to dry the half-mile track.
Drivers cannot race when the track is wet as the cars and the tires they use are not designed for rainy conditions.
Fortunately for the drivers and the fans, Bristol Motor Speedway is equipped with stadium lighting to allow for night racing. If the race cannot start until late on Monday afternoon, the lights can be turned on to allow the race to continue after the sun sets.
This would not be the first time this season that NASCAR had to delay a race due to rain.
Back on Feb. 24, 2014, the Daytona 500 was delayed for over six hours due to rain and thunderstorms and was forced to end that night under the lights.
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