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Showers Could Put the Skids on Daytona 500, but Not for Long

There is the risk of showers affecting this year's Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23.

While it will not rain the entire weekend, a few downpours should be expected with possible delays in the 56th running of The Great American Race.

A front approaching from the north during the first part of the weekend will set off a zone of showers and thunderstorms that will push into the north-central counties of the peninsula into Saturday.

A few locations can be hit by a strong thunderstorm with gusty winds and frequent lightning Friday night into Saturday. People should seek shelter as storms approach. If you can hear thunder, you are at risk for being hit by lightning.

The front is forecast to stall over the region Sunday into Monday.

Over time this weekend, the precipitation will become more spotty in nature, but there is a risk of a shower or two for the race Sunday and any rain date on Monday.

Because of the slick tires, racing can not occur when the track is wet.

The race has been shortened four times due to rain, during the years 1965, 1966, 2003 and 2009.

However, following any rain showers, fans, drivers and crews may not have to wait as long as in the past for a restart.

Equipment introduced to NASCAR during the 2013 season, known as the Air Titan, can be used to accelerate the drying process of the pavement over the older-technology jet dryers.

According to Motor Racing Network, "The machine speeds up the drying time by 80 percent."

Temperatures for this weekend's racing activities are projected to peak in the low 70s on Saturday and dip to near 60 at night. As long as the sun peaks out for a time on Sunday, temperatures will rebound to near 80.

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