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Weather Forecast for Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Weekend

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Most NASCAR teams are ready for a home race this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the annual Memorial Day Weekend classic, the Coca-Cola 600. Weather hampered the weekend in 2023, so, will things change in 2024? Here is the weather forecast for the Coca-Cola 600.

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway opened in 1960. Designed by former driver Curtis Turner and founder of SMI, Bruton Smith, the track has become the proverbial home track of NASCAR. The track’s first race was the first iteration of one of NASCAR’s Crown Jewels, the Coca-Cola 600.
  • The Coca-Cola 600 has occasionally been impacted by weather throughout history. Rain shortened the 2003 and 2009 races, and the 2023 race was the first to be postponed by weather since 2009.
  • Fans are excited about this weekend’s race. Charlotte is considered one of the best tracks on the circuit with the Next-Gen car, even if rain messes with the race.

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Weekend Weather Forecast via National Weather Service

Friday, May 24th: Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (8:30 PM ET)

  • Forecast: Chance of Showers and Thunderstorms
  • Temperature: High around 77°F, Dropping into Low 70s°F by Race end
  • Rain: 19-28%
  • Wind: N to NW 1-2 MPH

Saturday, May 25th: Xfinity Series BetMGM 300 (1:00 PM ET)

  • Forecast: Chance of Showers and Thunderstorms, Mainly Between 11 AM and 8 PM
  • Temperature: High 88°F; Heat Index 89°F
  • Rain: 21% at race start, peaking at 41% at 5 PM
  • Wind: NW to W 3-5 MPH

Sunday, May 26th: Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (6:00 PM ET)

  • Forecast: Chance of Showers and Thunderstorms After 4 PM
  • Temperature: High 87°F, Heat Index 91°F; Dropping to Low 80s°F-upper 70s°F by race end
  • Rain: 19-28%
  • Wind: SSW 3-5 MPH

Charlotte Weather History

The 2023 Coca-Cola 600 put a damper on Memorial Day weekend thanks to being delayed a day due to weather. However, the race would run a day late on Memorial Day proper, with Ryan Blaney taking home the win.

The 2009 Coca-Cola 600 was rain-shortened and produced a surprise winner. The race was postponed from Sunday to Monday, but, rain threatened once again. David Reutimann took home both his and Michael Waltrip Racing’s first Cup Series win after the race was called after 227 laps.

This article will be updated as the week progresses and the forecast changes.

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