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NASCAR Cup Series: Weather interrupted the Nashville schedule

After the lone in-season off weekend of 2023, NASCAR Cup Series action returns on Sunday evening with the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway.

This 300-lap race over the four-turn, 1.33-mile (2.140-kilometer) Lebanon, Tennessee circuit was due to begin at 7:22 p.m. ET, with live coverage on NBC beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The 17th race on the 36-race 2023 schedule will still begin live on NBC at 7:00 p.m. ET, but the start time has been moved up by 17 minutes to 7:05 p.m. ET.

NASCAR made the change as a result of the threat of rain later this evening.

The Weather Channel reports a “likely risk of severe weather” in the area, with wind, tornadoes, and hail all probable. Beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET, there is a 46% probability of heavy storms, increasing to 75% by 11:00 p.m. ET. The storms are expected to last until 3 a.m. ET.

It remains to be seen whether these 17 extra minutes make a difference, but given the flexibility open to NASCAR in terms of the start time, bringing it ahead was clearly the smart decision.

This is the opening race of NBC’s 20-race broadcast schedule this year, with Fox’s coverage wrapping up two Sundays ago at Sonoma Raceway.

Four of the ten remaining regular season races will air on NBC, while the other six will air on USA Network, the NBCUniversal-owned network that will replace NBC Sports Network as the alternate channel during NBC’s portion of the broadcast schedule after NBC Sports Network closes at the end of 2021.

The first four races of the 10-race playoff series will be on USA Network, while the final six will air on NBC.

NASCAR Cup Series: History, format, tracks, and other details

NASCAR, or the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock car racing. It is considered to be one of the top-ranked motorsports organizations in the world and is one of the largest spectator sports in America.

NASCAR was founded in 1948 by Bill France Sr., and its headquarters are in Daytona Beach, Florida. The company sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 48 US states as well as in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe.

NASCAR Cup Series

NASCAR runs races primarily on ovals, including superspeedways, short tracks, and dirt tracks, but also road courses and street circuits. The most popular NASCAR series is the Cup Series, which is the premier racing series for NASCAR. Two other famous NASCAR racing series are the Xfinity Series (sort of a minor league for NASCAR) and the Camping World Truck Series.

NASCAR races are typically held on weekends, and they can last anywhere from 200 to 500 miles. The races are very competitive, and they often feature close finishes. NASCAR drivers are some of the most skilled in the world, and they must be able to handle the high speeds and the intense competition.

NASCAR Cup Series is a very popular sport in the United States, and it has a large and passionate fan base. The races are often televised, and they can draw millions of viewers. NASCAR Cup Series is also a major economic force, and it generates billions of dollars in revenue each year.

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Here are some interesting facts about NASCAR:

  • The first NASCAR race was held on a beach in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1948.
  • NASCAR cars generate enough downforce to drive upside down.
  • NASCAR drivers experience up to six Gs of force on their necks during a race.
  • NASCAR Cup Series has an R&D center where they develop new technologies for their cars.
  • NASCAR Cup Series is a thrilling and exciting sport, and it is one of the most popular spectator sports in the United States. If you are ever looking for a great day of racing, be sure to check out a NASCAR race. You won’t be disappointed.