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Stock Car Scoop: How Can NASCAR Better Handle Inclement Weather?

After a rain delay of more than 12 hours, the NASCAR Cup Series’ 2022 regular-season finale finally went green early Sunday  morning (Aug. 28) before rain late in the race extended it several hours. A chaotic day ended with an upset winner, Austin Dillon emerging in a race that saw 29 of its 37 cars involved in crashes and only 16 cars left running at the end. Just 10 of those drivers ended the race on the lead lap.

Adam Cheek and Frontstretch editor-in-chief Tom Bowles break down all the action from Sunday, including the sudden rain that triggered the biggest crash of the day. Should NASCAR have gone back racing and could they have prevented a disastrous wreck when the downpour began?

Also, the duo discuss whether the elimination of fourth-in-points Martin Truex Jr. mean tweaks to the playoff system are coming soon. Plus: will Truex still win before the 2022 season is out?

See also
Martin Truex Jr.: Missing NASCAR Playoffs 'Tough Pill To Swallow'

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About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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Bill H

I don’t think you can make rules or procedures for something that is a “freak event.” The chances of this type of suddenness of a rain shower happening again are less than one in a million. You might as well make a rule about what happens if the first, third and eigth cars all get hit by lightening at the same time.


Freak event, it rains every afternoon or evening in Daytona this time of year. The freaky part is the networks and nascar starting later and later.

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