More Rain At Michigan
August 20, 2007 | 9:15 A.M. EST
The National Weather Service has a 100 percent chance of heavy rain in the forecast for Monday, but NASCAR and track officials are hoing to find a window of opportunity to get the race in sometime today.
If not, NASCAR will use Tuesday as the next rain date, but unfortunately the wet weather that has engulfed the Midwest is also in the forecast then as well.
With a short week already on tap, as the series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night, the weather is playing havoc with the schedule.
One scenario being discussed if the rain doesn't move out of Michigan for the next several days is to push the race back to the Friday after Thanksgiving, which would in essence shift the "Chase" back one race, making New Hampshire on September 16th the final cut-off event rather than Richmond the week before.
The "Chase" would then start at Dover on September 23 with Michigan taking over the final race of the 10-event "Chase."
“The Chase field is set based on completion of the first 26 events,” said NASCAR’s Ramsey Poston. “The Chase is comprised of the final 10 races of the season, so if this race were not to be able to be completed this week, it will be moved to that week of Thanksgiving and would then become the final race of the season.”
But NASCAR remains hopeful such a radical change in the schedule won't be necessary.
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