Daytona Forecast: Hot, Likely Wet For Saturday Night Race

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July 5, 2014 Updated: July 7, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Just as the Sprint Cup Series circuit traditionally hits Daytona Beach around Independence Day, the typical Florida weather will have fans thinking water — drinking it and wonder if they will get a soaking as well.
 
Hot with a chance of thunderstorms is the forecast for the Coke Zero 400, which is scheduled to go green at 7:57 p.m. ET at Daytona International Speedway.

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The National Weather Service predicts a high of 89 today with temperatures 78-82 degrees during the race. There is a 51 percent chance of rain during the day and 26 percent after 8 p.m.
 
NASCAR has 20 of its new Air Titan drying devices at the track. On Friday night, it took 1 hour, 40 minutes to dry the track as rain delayed the start of the Nationwide Series race.
 
It is NASCAR policy not to start a race that it doesn’t intend to run to the finish. Once it starts a race, it tries to get to at least halfway (80 laps for the race Saturday), making it an official event.
 
David Gilliland is on the pole for the race.

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