CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With Hurricane Matthew expected to reach the Carolinas by Saturday morning, many people are wondering what kind of effect the storm will have on this weekend’s events at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
According to chief meteorologist Brad Panovich, things are looking better for Saturday. Panovich isn’t expecting a major impact on the Charlotte area from Hurricane Matthew itself, but up to an inch of rain from a separate system could create some issues at the speedway on Friday.
“Even without Matthew, we will have rain thanks to onshore flow that’s between Matthew and a high pressure area to the north,” Panovich said.
That flow will bring moisture to the Charlotte area with some eastern parts of the viewing area receiving heavier rain totals. Panovich expects Saturday to be cool and breezy, with highs possibly not reaching 70 degrees and wind gusts from 15-20 miles per hour.
"With the race scheduled for a little after 7 p.m. Saturday, there’s a chance of some scattered showers, but it’s looking better as the evening goes on,” Panovich said.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Drive for the Cure 300 is scheduled for Friday night. On Saturday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins its second round of the Chase with the Bank of America 500.