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Rain starts at Coca-Cola 600, red flag comes out

NASCAR is back in Charlotte for the 2020 Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. We break down the latest news around the weather report.

General view of the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on September 27, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

UPDATE 8:05 p.m.: Drivers were called back to their cars to restart at 8:07 p.m. NASCAR expects the track to be dry and ready to race by 8:25 p.m., per Kelly Crandall.

UPDATE 7:10 p.m.: Just after 7 p.m., rain started to collect on cars and the red flag came out. Drivers have pitted and been told to get out of their cars. That suggests a potentially lengthy rain delay.

NASCAR is back for its third race of the restarted season, running the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina on Sunday, May 24th. The race is at 6 p.m. and will be preceded by qualifying at 2 p.m. NASCAR is not doing day-before qualifying for health and safety reasons.

It is currently partly cloudy in Concord, but there is a decent chance of rain in the evening when the race is set to run. is predicting scattered thunderstorms throughout the evening. They are saying there is between a 50 and 60 percent chance of rain starting at 6 p.m. through the rest of the evening.

The National Weather Service is projecting a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. They are saying new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, but it could get higher if the thunderstorms pick up.

For the time being, the race should be fine to run, but we’ll keep an eye on the weather report as the evening approaches.