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How weather affects NASCAR Races

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    Well the big race at Daytona was delayed twice by rain and pushed to the next day only 20 laps in. That's gotta be nerve wracking and frustrating for the drivers as well as the fans. Then again the drivers are probably relieved at the same time. Take into consideration that many people hate driving in the rain. It must be multiplied by one hundred for NASCAR drivers. Ok, so imagine ripping your wind shield wipers off of your car, trading out your treaded tires for slicks, and jumping out on an oval track with other drivers doing 200 miles per hour. You couldn't pay me enough. And that is probably what NASCAR drivers think as well.

    One major downside to postponing a NASCAR race is that it hurts the overall competitiveness of the sport. The drivers have to leave the track mid-race, their places are recorded and they have to resume them the next day. One would think it would affect a drivers' edge. Some, if not all momentum is lost and has to be recovered the next day. If you're calling Bull on the safety issue, here's a little something about NASCAR tires:

    ­NASCAR tires endure something called the slip angle during a race. When a NASCAR race car comes around the corner of a track, the tires will point in one direction, while the wheel goes in a slightly different direction [source: Leslie-Pelecky]. This causes the tires on the car to skid along the track slightly, allowing the driver to maximize his or her turning force. If a driver goes above the normal slip angle, about two to four degrees, he or she risks allowing the tires to skid too much on the track, which can lead to serious loss of control. Wet track conditions increase this risk.

    Sheesh. I hear tell that they do have rain tires in NASCAR, but they're hardly ever used because it's hard to maintain a safe and competitive race simultaneously because most tracks and weather conditions are very conducive to using them.

    With all of that taken into consideration, I can understand the how and the why here. It stinks that we can figure out enclosed tracks without killing everyone with carbon monoxide poisoning from all of the rumbling engines. I'm sure others will agree with me here. Feel free to chime in.

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    Pretty fascinating. I never thought about enclosed tracks and that being a solution. Don't know why but your point about killing everyone with exhaust must be exactly why that's not already a thing. Very Happy

    Does suck for the drivers, to deal with rain delays like this. Also sucks for the TV crews and of course the fans that paid good money to see the race THAT day in its entirety... do fans get a free ticket to come back the next day, is that how that works?

    Doesn't really help the fans that have to work or have plans on the next day though.. guess that just comes with the territory of being a fan of this particular sport.

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    Yea, it's a bummer pretty much all around, but I'm sure the drivers would rather have a safe track to drive on even if it means postponing the race by a day. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it would be to do what they do in inclement weather conditions. It seems mindbogglingly difficult even in good conditions.