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Hot Hot HOT: Weather Forecast for the Texas NASCAR Weekend

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Autumn begins on Saturday as NASCAR rolls into Texas Motor Speedway, but a good old-fashioned Texas heat wave seems to await NASCAR fans as well as some potential rain. How hot will it be and how much rain will fall? Let’s take a look at the weekend forecast for Texas Motor Speedway.

Weekend Weather Forecast (via National Weather Service)

Saturday, September 23: Xfinity Series Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 (3:30 PM ET)

  • Forecast: Mostly Sunny
  • Temperature: High 97°F, Heat Index as high as 105°F.
  • Rain: 19%
  • Wind: S 14-15 MPH; Gusting to 25 MPH

Sunday, September 24: Cup Series AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 (3:30 PM ET)

  • Forecast: Partly Sunny With a Chance of Showers and Thunderstorms
  • Temperature: High 95°F, Heat Index as High as 103°F.
  • Rain: 37%
  • Wind: SSW at 10-15 MPH; Gusting to 20 MPH

Texas Motor Speedway Weather History

Texas Motor Speedway has had its’ fair share of weather mishaps in its quarter of a century on the NASCAR calendar. A rain delay in 2016 at the track lasted almost six hours as the old surface took forever to dry up. This forced SMI to repave the track, which they would also reconfigure to the layout we have today.

However, the most infamous weather delay in Texas came in 2020 when persistent mist delayed the race from Sunday afternoon all the way to Wednesday evening. That combined with the pandemic schedule meant that NASCAR’s top division ran on every day of the week in 2020. Kyle Busch took home his only win of the season that day.

Texas Motor Speedway has had to deal with a bunch of crazy weather during its time on the schedule. Sunday may be another crazy weather day.

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