The first night race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season could last a long time on Saturday or be postponed until Sunday due to rainy conditions at Martinsville Speedway.
The National Weather Service forecast for Martinsville puts the chance of rain on Saturday at 80%. This would make the planned green flag at 8 p.m. ET for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 highly unlikely.
The rain has already affected the first race of the weekend in Martinsville, the Xfinity Series event on Friday night. NASCAR has suspended the race after 89 of 250 laps and will end it at noon ET on Sunday.
Below is what we know about the weather forecast and conditions NASCAR will be watching as it attempts to finish Saturday’s race.
NASCAR Race Weather Updates
Start with the NASCAR battle against the elements on Friday night. Showers over the track interrupted the Xfinity race around 9:30 p.m. ET. It was on radar about an hour later.
The race was suspended after about three hours of delay and multiple attempts to dry the track.