Massive Downpour Postpones NASCAR Truck Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway

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A biblical amount of rain hit North Wilkesboro during the NASCAR Truck Series race on Saturday at 2:38 PM EST; the Red Flag for the weather was issued and never lifted as a deluge of rain continued to hit the track.

While NASCAR has finally started to use rain tires on ovals, this was not the time or place to try, as the weather claimed the day.

The NASCAR Truck race will resume tomorrow at 11:30 ET on FS1, and the All-Star Race heats that were to set the rest of the field behind Joey Logano have been canceled. Logano won the pit crew qualifying challenge, but heat races that were to be run after the conclusion of the Truck race.


As the rain picked up, it became clear that there would be no way to regain the track as rivers ran through the pits, tires and portapotties floated away, fans went for swims, and the media’s photo room at the track began to flood.

Christian Eckes was leading the truck race and 45 laps away from the halfway mark, where a race can be called official in case of weather. His TRICON race team captured a video of the driver attempting to walk across the pits through standing water up to nearly his knees. The team had to push their truck off of pit row after the water built up too far.

Weather is set to be better tomorrow as the All-Star race turns into a doubleheader; all tickets from Saturday and Sunday will be honored, with Saturday ticket holders having preference for the Truck Race and Sunday ticketholders to the All-Star race, per the Speedway's X account.

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