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NASCAR prepared to race in rain again
NASCAR officials confirmed that the Nationwide Series race will start as planned even if it rains today at Watkins Glen International.  There is only a 40 percent chance of rain for the Zippo 200 this afternoon and the Canadian Tire 200 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race tonight so fans will be treated to plenty of racing, the only question is whether it will be in the wet or the dry.  Many races at WGI have been held in the rain over the years, but it would be the first time ever a NASCAR race had been run in such conditions at The Glen.  The green flag will fall on the Zippo 200 at 2:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Canadian Tire 200 at 6:00 p.m.

“Racing in wet conditions in nothing new for road courses, but you obviously hope it doesn’t happen for the sake of the fans,” said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International.  “Even if the Zippo 200 and Canadian Tire 200 start in the rain, I am very confident that our fans will be treated to some thrilling action.  Our elevation changes and the banking in our turns should help keep water from standing, but still provide the drivers with challenging conditions that will result in a great show for our fans.” 

NASCAR will make a decision this morning as to whether qualifying for the Zippo 200 and Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race will be held per the official NASCAR rule book.

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