Twelve laps into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 race, the race was stopped as tempests with frequent lightning and harming winds surged toward the Chicagoland Speedway.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 race, originally set to begin at 2:16 p.m. CDT, was moved up by authorities to more like 2 p.m. because of the danger for tempests.
“Right before the green flag was dropped, lightning was within 10 miles of the track,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert. “That should have prompted NASCAR officials to halt the race.”
Twelve laps were finished before a warning was thrown for lightning threats.
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The rainstorms are bringing threats more terrible than postponing Sunday afternoon’s race.
Notwithstanding deadly lightning strikes, the thunderstorms moving toward the raceway have a history of producing damaging winds.
Stands in the racecourse, as well as trees and canopies in encompassing zones are risky places to be during a thunderstorm.