Updated NASCAR at Martinsville Weather: Rain in the Forecast for Wednesday Night’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500
Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Pictured: A general view of Martinsville Speedway as it rains
- NASCAR's Martinsville Speedway has a history of rain delays and postponements due to inclement weather.
- The NASCAR at Martinsville weather forecast is calling for rain during Wednesday night's Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 (7 p.m. ET, FS1).
- See the full Martinsville forecast and NASCAR's backup plans should tonight's race get interrupted by rain.
Martinsville Speedway and rain are no strangers to each other on NASCAR race day, and that appears to be the case once again for Wednesday night’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 (7 p.m. ET on FS1).
In fact, the spring race in 2018 was postponed from that Sunday until Monday after snow blanketed the speedway.
Sitting a just longer than a half-mile in length, Martinsville does not take as long to dry as some of the larger tracks on the circuit, which is important in case NASCAR has to delay the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 due to rain and get the track ready for racing.
Let’s take a detailed look at the NASCAR at Martinsville weather forecast.
NASCAR at Martinsville Weather Forecast
According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 70% chance of rain on Wednesday night, with thunderstorms also a possibility.
Rainfall amounts from one-quarter to one-half of an inch are expected, and could be more if thunderstorms do in fact hit the racetrack.
Wednesday’s race is scheduled for 500 laps, meaning it’ll be official at 250 in the event rain forces NASCAR into a delay after the race gets started.
According to Motorsports.com’s Jim Utter, if the race does get postponed tonight, it will not run on Thursday because there would not be enough time to race tomorrow, then get to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday’s race.
Utter also notes that holding the race at Martinsville on June 17 or a doubleheader at Homestead are both options being considered.