Talladega likely to see rainy race weekend
by Paige Rentz
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The scoring tower at Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday. The forecast for this weekend calls for rain. (Photo by Bill Wilson / The Anniston Star)
The scoring tower at Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday. The forecast for this weekend calls for rain. (Photo by Bill Wilson / The Anniston Star)
NASCAR fans heading to the Talladega Superspeedway should likely add jackets and ponchos to their supplies for this weekend’s races.

According to the National Weather Service in Calera, rain is almost guaranteed today.

“At some point tomorrow, we’re thinking that track’s going to get wet,” said Mary Keiser, a meteorologist with the service, Friday.

The wet weather could be intermittent, bringing potentially heavy rains and a thunderstorm or two, but the chances of severe weather, she said, are unlikely.

Keiser said there could be as much as an inch of rain today.

Sunday should be clearer, she said, but there still remains about a 50 percent chance of rain.

Grant Lynch, chairman of the Talladega Superspeedway, said on Friday there were no plans to shuffle any of the weekend’s schedule.

“You never know when the rain’s going to start and at what point your schedule’s upset,” he said, adding that officials will start adjusting the day’s activities from that point forward.

If events are rained out, he said, track officials and those from the two governing bodies for the weekend’s races — ARCA and NASCAR — will work together to fit races into the weekend, postpone until Monday or Tuesday, or find another solution.

Lynch said it’s hard to predict so early in the weekend what decisions officials will make.

“It’s a moving, fluid situation,” he said, depending on when inclement weather occurs.

Keiser said the chances for rain are 100 percent today, around 60 percent into the evening, 50 to 60 percent on Sunday and 30 percent on Monday.

The skies will remain cloudy for the most part, she said, which will keep temperatures cool throughout the weekend.

Temperatures will likely stay in the mid-50s today. By the evening, temperatures could cool into the 40s, she said, but could be back up into the 60s on Sunday and Monday.

“(Today) the wind may be a factor with how everyone feels,” Kaiser said. “It could be a little cooler when you look at kind of wind chill,” especially with the wet weather. Fans can expect winds of 10 to 15 mph today, which will lighten up into Sunday, she said.

Fans, Lynch said, should pay attention to smartphone apps and be aware of what’s in the area in terms of weather.

Umbrellas, he added, are not allowed at the track, but he suggested race fans bring jackets or ponchos and hooded rainwear to the races.

Any changes to the weekend’s activities will be announced through a variety of media, including the track’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Staff writer Paige Rentz: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @PRentz_Star.

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