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CUP: Stormy Saturday Looms At Talladega

Talladega Superspeedway officials were wrestling Friday morning with a troublesome Saturday weather forecast that calls for strong storms, high winds and possible tornadoes in the speedway area.

Track officials were meeting with National Weather Service personnel Friday morning to analyze the forecast. The weather service has issued a “special weather statement” for central Alabama, predicting severe thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night in central Alabama. There is an 80 percent possibility of precipitation Saturday.

The likelihood of extreme weather is of particular note in the speedway vicinity because thousands of fans are gathering in the area’s campgrounds for the NASCAR weekend. Many plan to camp out in tents and similar structures which obviously could be impacted by strong storm conditions.

Saturday’s scheduled track activities include the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race and qualifying for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup event.

Sunday’s forecast calls for only a 20 percent chance of rain.

Speedway officials are expected to issue a statement about the weather forecast Friday.

Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEEDtv.com and has been covering motorsports for 28 years. He has written several books on NASCAR, including "NASCAR: The Definitive History of America's Sport" and "Then Tony Said To Junior: The Best NASCAR Stories Ever Told". He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.

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