NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway (Oct 24 – 25)

Updates on Tropical Storm Zeta are now on the RaceWeather page at Facebook – Interests along the central Gulf coast should monitor this situation.

The Cup Series #AutotraderEchoPark500 @TXMotorSpeedway has been postponed (again and again) due to inclement weather.

The race has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN | PRN | SiriusXM Chn. 90

2:30 PM CDT @TXMotorSpeedway update: Overcast skies, 41˚F, 91% RH, WNW winds, 16 gusts to 24, WC: 33˚F, Radar is generally clear & track drying continues. Race is currently scheduled to start at 4 PM CDT

UPDATE: #NASCAR will push the cars out to the grid at 3:30 p.m. CST at @TXMotorSpeedway – The command to “start your engines” will be given at 4 p.m. CST

12:05 PM CDT @TXMotorSpeedway update: Overcast skies, 39˚F, 94% RH, WNW winds, 11 gusts to 16, WC: 32˚F, Rain fcst to end over next few hrs. Track drying is underway, another band or two of mist is possible

October 27 PM forecast (Updated 8:30 PM CDT/9:30 PM EDT)

The low-pressure system currently residing along the Texas coast is finally expected to lift northeast and out of the region. This will be pushed along by a very strong upper-level system, which will give north Texas a break from the persistent low-level saturated flow.

Earlier in the day, the upper-level jet, combined with a surface trough, this will bring moderate to heavy rains, along with a risk of isolated thunderstorms. The rain is expected to clear out of the region during the afternoon hours, ending between 2-4 PM CDT. Add in track drying, then we will be looking at a start time around 3:30 to 5:30 PM CDT.

Wed Oct 28 –Rain & isolated t-storms, windy (Evening: WNW, 12-18 mph with higher gusts), 50/41

Thurs Oct 29 – Partly sunny, windy (NW, 16-22 mph), 55/45

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Episode 205 of the Lapped Traffic Podcast featured interviews with the ARCA Menards series champion, Bret Holmes, talking about the 2020 season. Brandon did a look back on the NASCAR weekend at Kansas Speedway, while he and I then talked about the Texas forecast, and a Michigan-based outlook for the Big Ten football season.

Extended Outlook (Updated: Oct 22 – Next scheduled update: Oct 26)

Using the World Climate Service (WCS) subseasonal forecast products, RaceWeather is now producing extended outlooks for both NASCAR and F1 weekends.

Learn more about the World Climate Service – Leaders in long-range forecasting on a seasonal & subseasonal scale – at

NASCAR at Phoenix (Nov 7 – Nov 8)

There is a weak to moderate signal for above normal temperatures & no signal for rainfall, which is seasonally minimal.

F1 at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari (Oct 30 – Nov 1)

There is a weak to moderate signal for above normal temperatures & no signal for rainfall, which is seasonally minimal.

F1 at Intercity Istanbul Park (Nov 13 – Nov 15)

There is no signal for a departure from normal temperatures and a weak signal for below normal rainfall.