NASCAR schedule, weather outlook for Sonoma, Gateway
By AMANDA VINCENT
Two of NASCAR’s national series are in action this upcoming weekend, with the Sprint Cup Series running the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, the first road course race of the year for the series, and the Camping World Truck Series heading to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., near St. Louis for Saturday night’s Drivin’ for Linemen 200. Meanwhile, the Xfinity Series takes the weekend off.
Here’s a combined NASCAR on-track schedule of activity for Sonoma and Gateway (courtesy of NASCAR.com
All times ET
– Sprint Cup race (FOX Sports 1)
The weather forecast for Sonoma Raceway looks clear and sunny, for the most part. Friday, practice day for the Sprint Cup Series is expected to be sunny. As a matter-of-fact, Accuweather describes the day as “a full day of sunshine.” The temperature is expected to reach 87 degrees.
Patchy fog is possible on Saturday, according to the forecast, but that patchy fog is the only non-sunny sky feature mentioned in the daytime forecast for Sonoma over the NASCAR race weekend. Saturday’s temperature is expected to reach of high of 90 degrees, while the temperature for Sunday — race day — is expected to get up to 89 degrees under sunny skies.
Meanwhile, at Gateway International Raceway, all scheduled track activity is consolidated to Saturday. While temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s Saturday afternoon before dipping to the mid-70s overnight, thunderstorms are expected on and off throughout the day. Rain may interfere with the Gateway practice schedule and possibly qualifying, but the forecast shows precipitation moving out of the area well before the scheduled green flag.