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Breaking down the weather forecast for Daytona 500 and Speedweeks races

Weather is always a factor during Speedweeks, so here’s what’s projected for Daytona Beach this week. We could have some racing rescheduled because of weather.

The crew of NASCAR Cup Series driver William Bryon runs across the infield to celebrate after winning during Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.  Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Update February 11 9:45 p.m. The air dryers are on the track at Daytona, but we’re still likely not starting to race Duel 2 until at least 10:10 p.m. It didn’t help one of the Air Titan machines drying the track spun out coming out of the turn.


As Speedweeks comes back to Daytona International Speedway starting on Tuesday, it looks like the weather is going to be a major factor in how the NASCAR season begins for multiple series.

Stock cars only race in the rain when they’re on road courses, and the infield road course at Daytona will just be used this week for the Busch Clash on Tuesday night. That means we might be in for plenty of delays and rescheduling because of the weather, including for the Daytona 500.

Below is the Accu-Weather forecast for all days of Daytona Speedweeks. Keep in mind this is weather in Florida, so everything below is subject to change at any time.

Tuesday, February 9th

Hi 77°, Low 61°: PM Thunderstorms, 42% of rain

7 p.m. Busch Clash at Daytona (35 laps on road course, 126.35 miles)

Wednesday, February 10th

Hi 74°, Low 62° Partly Cloudy, 19% chance of rain

12:00 p.m.: Cup Series practice
7:30 p.m.: Daytona 500 pole qualifying (fastest lap gets the pole, rest sets order for dual races on Thursday)

Thursday, February 11th

Hi 76°, Low 62 Partly Cloudy, 24% chance of rain

5:35 p.m.: NASCAR Truck Series practice
6:45 p.m.: Driver introductions for Duel at Daytona
7 p.m.: Duel 1 at Daytona (60 laps, 150 miles)
8:45 p.m.: (approx): Duel 2 at Daytona (60 laps, 150 miles)

Friday, February 12th

Hi 75°, Low 61°, Thunderstorms, 72% chance of rain

3:10 p.m.: Truck Series qualifying
4:35 p.m.: Xfinity Series practice
7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Truck Series NextEra Energy 250 (100 laps, 250 miles)

Saturday, February 13th

Hi 69°, Low 59° Rain/Thunder, 71% chance of rain

9:30 a.m.: Cup Series practice
10:40 a.m.: Xfinity Series qualifying
12:05 p.m.: Cup Series practice
1:30 p.m.: ARCA Series Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tires (80 laps, 200 miles)
5 p.m.: Xfinity Series Beef – It’s What’s for Dinner 300 (120 laps, 300 miles)

Sunday, February 14th

Hi 61°, Low 55° Scattered Thunderstorms, 46% chance of rain

2:30 p.m.: Daytona 500 (200 laps, 500 miles)

Monday, February 15th

Hi 64°, Low 57° Showers, 47% chance of rain

No racing scheduled at this time