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Rain Set to Start for NASCAR Race Sunday

Sunday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn., may turn into a washout following a dry start to the weekend.

Those headed to Saturday's Nationwide race won't need to worry about packing the umbrella as a dry day is on tap with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the lower 60s.

However, a much different story will unfold on Sunday as low pressure spreads rain across the region and continues into 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.

This rain may force NASCAR to postpone the race until Monday afternoon when the rain is forecast to taper off.

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.