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Daytona 500 weather

Posted on: February 15, 2009 10:32 am
Edited on: February 15, 2009 2:56 pm
 

2:55 p.m. ET

Final updated before I shift over to the RaceCenter race blog

Strangely, while bit of sun have started to peek through the clouds, there is a slight drizzle. Doesn't seem to be enough to delay the start of the race, however.

That's all for these updates. Join me on the RaceCenter blog.

1:50 p.m. ET -- non-weather related

While you await the start of today's Daytona 500, I hope you've taken the time peruse our various Daytona features. I slaved over those driver capsules I have you know.

Daytona 500 preview with Pete Pistone and Lauren Shehadi

Daytona 500: Driver capsules | Champs & records | Did you know?

2009 Daytona paint schemes: 00-12 | 14-29 | 31-48 | 55-99 

Long, dark winter gives way to promise with Daytona on tap

NASCAR can thank 1979 Daytona 500 for prominence

I'll also be providing commentary on our RaceCenter starting approximately 3 p.m. ET, so be sure to check it out.

1:30 p.m. ET

Still no change in the weather. Apparently the storms aren't really expected until around 5 p.m. ET. But that comes from the meteorologists, so take that for what it's worth.

Should it rain during the race, NASCAR can't call it an official event unless 101 laps have been run. Now even if more than half the race has been run, NASCAR would still try to fit in the entire event if it felt in could dry the track in a timely manner. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it though.

12:30 p.m. ET

Meteorologists. Who needs them?!? (no offense to any meteorologists who may be a reader of this blog).

So far, so good on the weather front as the radar continues to show no signs that the rain is going to reach the track. It's going to be overcast, cool and little breezy, but at the moment it looks like that's about as bad as it will get.

From fsu1dogs: If it does rain will they try to wait it out and run into the night or wait untill tomorrow?

I'm feeling pretty good that it's not going to rain, but if it does, how NASCAR proceeds really depends on the type of rain and how the radar looks.

Especially since this track has lights, NASCAR is going to do everything it can to make sure the race gets in today. So if we were to get a light shower, things might be delayed for a bit, but we should still.

If we get a deluge and the radar is looking dark green, then NASCAR could call things early. But the way things look, I'm just not seeing that.

11:40 a.m. ET

Not a weather update, but the media center is getting sernaded by Keith Urban. I'm not a huge fan of his music, but the particular song he just sang wasn't too bad.

He seems to be a very polite, easy going dude.

11:30 a.m. ET

Things are looking a bit more promising at this hour.

It remains overcast at the track, but on the radar it appears most of the showers are raining themselves out well before they reach the area. And they also seem to be very light showers if they do manage to reach the track.

10:30 a.m. ET

Right now it's overcast and damp, but not raining.

The forecast calls for a 60% chance of rain and the radar shows a long line of showers blowing in from the northwest.

http://www.weather.com/weather/map/
interactive/USFL0106?from=36hr_topnav_undeclared

Cross fingers. The Daytona 500 has been rain shortened three times, but never postponed. We're still a few hours away from the scheduled drop of the green flag.

I'll keep you posted throughout the morning and afternoon about any changes in the weather or possible delays of the race.

Category: Auto Racing
Comments

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2009 12:10 pm
 

Daytona 500 weather

If it does rain will they try to wait it out and run into the night or wait untill tomorrow?




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:52 am
 

Daytona 500 weather

Looks like one of Brian's most active blogs is about the weather.

For some reason I have agreed to go shopping before the race.  Wendy wouldn't make me go to the store.




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:48 am
 

Daytona 500 weather

Sorry Hawks, haven't seen Ms. Venturini around the track this year,

Brian, you're just not trying hard enough.  Get out there and do some real reporting.

Jamie Little did pass by while I was talking with Pete the other day.

 

This is what I'm talking about.  I hope you and Pete were talking about something important.  No more X's and O's.  Time to move on to the human interest area of sports.  Your fans demand it.




Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:45 am
 

Daytona 500 weather

Brian, yes I have met him at autograph session and talked to him and his brother.  Great individuals and very fan friendly.  But then again most of the drivers are. 




Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:41 am
 

Daytona 500 weather

Honestly mikeyfan, I thought about it. Being such a huge fan, have you ever met him before?

Sorry Hawks, haven't seen Ms. Venturini around the track this year, though Jamie Little did pass by while I was talking with Pete the other day.




Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:38 am
 

Daytona 500 weather

Wow, you ran into Waltrip in the elevator, because you couldn't run into him on the track?  Just kidding, thanks for the updates.    &nb
sp; Ha ha!

I saw Mikey's thread on the weather updates.




Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:10 am
 

Daytona 500 weather

Did you tell Mikey about me?  Tell him I am creating a lot of fans for him.  Well, at least I keep his name on the tips of the members tongue.  (LOL)




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:03 am
 

Daytona 500 weather

Brian, Mikey doesn't need to hear stuff like that.  He is fragile enough as it is.

Now, if you run into Wendy Venturini in an elevator let me know.  That is the kind of stuff I feel is blog worthy.

Thanks for the weather update.




Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 10:50 am
 

Daytona 500 weather

Thanks mikeyfan. I ran into Waltrip on the elevator the other night and I thought of you.




Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 10:44 am
 

Daytona 500 weather

Brian, thanks for the update.  I started a thread on the autoboards so people can check in and see your updates.  Thanks.



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