By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
We are currently waiting through a rain delay at Texas Motor Speedway. A constant mist has hung around all day thus far, but NASCAR has said they will work on the track up until roughly 9PM Central Time. It takes roughly an hour and a half to two hours to dry this 1.5 mile speedway, so If it doesn’t stop raining by 7 to 7:30 PM (Central) then one would have to think the race will be called. The Nationwide Series race is still scheduled for after the Sprint Cup race, but if it takes place that late the Nationwide race will be slated for tomorrow.
I will keep you posted as I find out more.
Bill Elliott will be competing in his first race since Atlanta last month, so you know he is chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel. Elliott was asked what goes through his mind when you have to sit through all this rain?
“What’s unfortunate for us is unloading and only doing a handful of qualifying runs and then start the race from dead scratch. This is the first race for us with the rear spoiler, so we’re way behind the eight ball. We’ve just got to guess and go. You realize this is the type of situation you’re going to have to deal with from time to time, so we’ll just do the best we can to deal with it.”
Oh and fans if you are really bored during rain delays, don’t worry Elliott shares your hatred for when mother nature intervenes in our favorite sport. Elliott was asked if there is anything more boring than watching it rain at the track?
“No, because the truck doesn’t normally have enough food on it if it rains. That’s the first thing that goes. You can go on just about every hauler in this garage area when it’s raining and everybody is either telling lies or eating – If not both,” Elliott replies with a chuckle.
Elliott does hope for the fans sake that there is a race today.
“I think a lot of them come for the experience and that’s nice. They come in and they’re able to go through the garage and see what NASCAR is all about, so it’s great from that standpoint. Now I just hope they get to see a race,” Elliott said.
Keep an eye out for updates as I will keep you up-to-date on the weather situation out here at Texas Motor Speedway.