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New plan for select NASCAR tracks will have fans ‘singing in the rain’

Photo: Zach Catanzareti

CONCORD, North Carolina - The owner of 8 race tracks on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series announced a plan Thursday to help fans enjoy a race even after inclement weather impacts their experience.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. announced their Fans First initiative. If a NASCAR race is postponed due to weather, and the ticket holder is unable to attend the rescheduled date, a ticket credit can be issued toward a race at one of their sister properties. Those include Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

"Of all major professional sports, none is as heavily impacted by adverse weather as NASCAR,” said Speedway Motorsports’ President and CEO Marcus Smith. “With drivers already racing on the very edge at nearly 200 mph, even a little rain can have a dramatic impact on race weekend schedules. What we want to do is take weather out of the ticket-buying equation so fans can focus on having a great time and making memories on our premier NASCAR event weekends.”

Fans with an unused, eligible ticket will have 60 days from the original race date to request a ticket credit on a qualifying future event. The credit must be used toward another Speedway Motorsports’ NASCAR event within one calendar year of the original race date.

WGXA's Chief Meteorologist examined the average weather at these tracks using the 2019 NASCAR schedule. The tracks where fans won't likely need the new initiative are Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Sonoma Raceway. Those two tracks feature the lowest odds of rain on their race days. For Middle Georgia fans that visit Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, chilly, if not cold, weather is likely, along with an elevated chance of precipitation. The Hampton area sees measurable snow 1% of the time on 2019's race date. All weather data for SMI's tracks are below.

Atlanta Motor Speedway - Race day is February 24, 2019. The average low and high is 39 degrees and 57 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 37% of the time on the scheduled date.

Bristol Motor Speedway - Race day #1 is April 7, 2019. The average low and high is 40 degrees and 67 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 35% of the time on the scheduled date. Race day #2 is August 17, 2019. The average low and high is 64 and 85 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 46% of the time on the scheduled date.

Charlotte Motor Speedway - Race day #1 (All-Star race) is May 18, 2019. The average low and high is 58 degrees and 81 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 24% of the time on the scheduled date. Race day #2 is May 26, 2019. The average low and high is 61 degrees and 82 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 38% of the time on the scheduled date. Race day #3 is September 29, 2019. The average low and high is 59 degrees and 77 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 27% of the time on the scheduled date.

Kentucky Motor Speedway - Race day is July 13, 2019. The average low and high is 67 degrees and 90 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 31% of the time on the scheduled date.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Race day #1 is March 3, 2019. The average low and high is 42 degrees and 65 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 11% of the time on the scheduled date. Race day #2 is September 15, 2019. The average low and high is 66 degrees and 95 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 2% of the time on the scheduled date.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Race day is July 21, 2019. The average low and high is 58 degrees and 82 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 36% of the time on the scheduled date.

Sonoma Raceway - Race day is June 23, 2019. The average low and high is 50 degrees and 82 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 2% of the time on the scheduled date.

Texas Motor Speedway - Race day #1 is March 31, 2019. The average low and high is 50 degrees and 73 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 17% of the time on the scheduled date. Race day #2 is November 3, 2019. The average low and high is 48 degrees and 69 degrees. The area sees measurable rain 23% of the time on the scheduled date.

Data obtained from http://xmacis.rcc-acis.org/

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