Updated NASCAR Toyota 500 at Darlington Weather Forecast: Rain Expected to Interrupt Wednesday Night’s Race
Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Pictured: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, races during the NASCAR Cup Series The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 17, 2020
- Heavy rain is expected for Wednesday night's NASCAR Toyota 500 (6 p.m. ET, FS1) at Darlington Raceway.
- Darlington, S.C. could see between two to three inches of rain Wednesday night.
- See the full Toyota 500 at Darlington weather forecast, including NASCAR's backup plan if the race gets postponed.
NASCAR successfully returned to action on Sunday and the Cup Series is scheduled to race at Darlington Raceway again on Wednesday.
Rain was a storyline leading into Sunday’s race, but precipitation never materialized and NASCAR ran the full 400-mile distance.
However, based on the current Darlington, S.C. weather forecast, rain is expected to be a much bigger factor for Wednesday’s Toyota 500.
Let’s a detailed look at Wednesday’s Darlington weather forecast and what it means for NASCAR’s Toyota 500.
NASCAR at Darlington Weather Forecast
According to the National Weather Service, there is a 90% chance of rain in Darlington on Wednesday night, which is troublesome considering the Toyota 500’s scheduled 6 p.m. ET start time.
The Darlington weather forecast is calling for storms and the possibility of two to three inches of rain falling by the end of the day, so the precipitation is expected to be heavy.
In fact, NASCAR moved up the Toyota 500 start almost two hours in order to try and beat the rain and get in an official race, but that is unlikely to make a difference.
In order for a NASCAR race to be official, it must first reach the halfway point of the event. Wednesday’s race at Darlington is scheduled for 228 laps, meaning it’ll need to run at least 114 laps to be deemed official.
Tuesday’s XFINITY Series race has already been pushed back until Thursday at noon ET, and should tonight’s Cup Series race also get postponed, it would be rescheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday.
We’ll continue to update the NASCAR at Darlington weather forecast as Wednesday’s race approaches.