WATKINS GLEN, NY (WETM) – A wet race track affects the ability of race cars to stop or turn. Due to features such as rain tires and rain shields on the tires, rain does not always mean delays. It is up to the officials to gauge the intensity of the rain, how wet the track is and if they can race safely.
Something that always affects the race is the thunderstorm. If lightning strikes within an eight-mile radius of the track, everything must stop for thirty minutes. If there is any more lightning during those 30 minutes, the clock will restart.
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NASCAR has implemented a no-lightning policy for drivers, fans and everyone else on the track. In addition to the risk of being struck by lightning, lightning can reduce the visibility of drivers.