The weather forecast appears to again be part of the story as NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams go to work at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Rain cut short Friday’s Sprint Cup practice at the .533-mile Tennessee track, then was delaying Cup qualifying at midafternoon. Rain delays and snow delays have become regular parts of the picture in the young NASCAR season. Sunday’s Sprint Cup race is the fifth event of 2008.
The forecast for eastern Tennessee and southwest Virginia calls for cloudy skies with showers at least through Saturday. The high Friday was expected to be 68 degrees with 10- to 20-mph winds. The chance of rain was put at 70 percent by The Weather Channel.
Nationwide Series practice was also on the track schedule Friday, while more practices and Nationwide qualifying are scheduled for Saturday.