Pocono race might rain out (2nd Update)

UPDATE NASCAR made history on Sunday at Pocono Raceway, postponing a Sprint Cup race at the track for a second time in one year. With rain falling and more coming, facing the prospect of not getting at least half the Pennsylvania 400 compete, officials decided to run the race on Monday instead.

The green flag will be 11 a.m. ET on Monday, August 1.

Parking lots will open at 7 a.m. ET and gates will open starting at 8:00 a.m. ET.

A ticket will be required to attend. All current ticket holders of Sunday Gate Admission Tickets for Sunday, July 31, including Sunday One-Day Infield tickets, will be honored and scanned at the gates. Additionally, Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Passes are valid for use on Monday, August 1, in both the Pit and Paddock area. RV and Camping Guests can stay through the end of the race but will not be allowed to stay overnight on Monday, August 1st.

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07/31/16 It rained earlier but now the skies are partly sunny. The start is delayed as they dry the track.

07/31/16 The weather forecast for Sunday at Pocono Raceway calls for the possibility of rain. According to the National Weather Service:

Sunday – A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night – A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday – A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

According to NASCAR_WXMAN's forecast at SB Nation, "While all signs point to there being widespread rain around Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon, timing could help NASCAR get to at least halfway for an official race. Odds of racing the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Sunday afternoon is around 40 to 50 percent. Odds of the race being postponed for Monday is around 55 percent. Odds of getting to halfway for an official race is about 40 percent. These are not great odds but they are higher than they were back in June. It comes down to the timing of shower and storm development Sunday afternoon. Some of the data has the bulk of Sunday afternoon dry while other data is keeping the afternoon very wet. This is one of those prepare for the worst but hope for the best situations."

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