NASCAR race at MIS moved earlier due to threat of rain and storms

UPDATE: Rain delayed the start of the NASCAR race at MIS and the track advised fans to take shelter, so the race did not start at 3:01 p.m. as scheduled. It started about an hour later once the trail dried out. Click the link, above, for the latest.

BROOKLYN, MI — Sunday’s NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway will start 16 minutes early as rain and thunderstorms threaten to disrupt the event.

The green flag will now fly at 3:01 p.m., whereas it was previously scheduled for 3:17 p.m. The race is televised on USA Network.

Brooklyn has a 60% chance of rain Sunday afternoon, with a high of 90 degrees and the heat index expected to reach 96 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The chance of rain is highest after 2 p.m., according to the NWS.

Thunderstorms are most likely around 5 p.m., when the NWS considers it “likely.”

NASCAR sometimes increases tee times if it thinks it might help a race get in before the rain. According to the policy, he will not advance a race more than an hour without giving 24 hours notice.

RELATED: Heavy rains from Sunday to Monday give first glimpse of potential for flash flooding

Due to speeds north of 200 mph, NASCAR cannot race when it’s raining. If the race passes halfway and the rain starts, the race is over (unless the officials think the rain will stop soon). If the race does not exceed half of the course, the race is postponed to the following day.

The last time NASCAR postponed a race at MIS due to rain was in June 2019, when it was moved to Monday.

Bubba Wallace starts on pole for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 after earning his first career pole in qualifying on Saturday.

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