CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Thousands of race fans are already camping out at Charlotte Motor Speedway and thousands more are expected in town over the holiday weekend. But a threat of rain could put a damper on everyone’s plans.
For the third year in a row rain is threatening the Coca-Cola 600. Speedway officials say they are doing everything they can to get all 600 miles of racing in on Sunday with as few delays as possible.
Rain on race day is an alliteration NASCAR fans don’t like to hear.
“Rain on race day is tough because everyone gets really excited about it and then nothing happens,” said Sandro Demartinis.
Campers arrived at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday in hopes of seeing all 600 miles of NASCAR racing on Sunday night.
The event is the longest race of the yea and the hope is mother nature doesn’t extend an already grueling race into Memorial Day on Monday.
“Oh yeah. We would prefer that. Gotta be back to work on Tuesday,” said another fan.
Speedway officials say 12 air titan dryers are at the track. They are joined by 13 jet dryers from across the NASCAR circuit including one coming from as far away as Texas.
Under ideal weather conditions, the equipment can dry Charlotte Motor Speedway in 90 minutes.
Persistent rain is the main challenge that can ultimately stop the race for hours. Sometimes, canceling the event to the following day.
“This is not a circumstance where you would see us finishing a race at 2am or 3am. It’s not just the noise but it’s also taking into account the fans and their ability to leave and leave safely,” said Scott Cooper, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for Charlotte Motor Speedway.
While the speedway remains focused on 600 miles of racing on Sunday, some fans have purchased their own insurance policy by keeping their camper parked until Tuesday.
“In case it rains on Sunday night when the race is supposed to happen, I am guessing they will go to Monday, we wanna catch the race and then we will take off,” said Demartinis.
Throughout the weekend the speedway is encouraging fans to check social media this weekend in case of any schedule changes.