Due to expected rain throughout the entire day, NASCAR officials have announced that the Budweiser 300 at Autodrome Chaudière has been postponed due to Sunday. The race is slated for a 1:30 p.m. EST start on the quarter-mile oval.
“The accumulation of rain on the grounds at the speedway for three consecutive days, and a forecast for continued precipitation today, prompted series and track officials to postpone the event to Sunday in the best interest of the fans expected to attend the Canadian Tire Series’ inaugural appearance at the Quebec quarter-mile,” NASCAR released in a statement.
This year’s event is supposed to mark the inaugural event for the series at Chaudière after officials were impressed by the track’s past Late Model events that drew full-size crowds. However, the rain has played havoc on the event all weekend so far. Friday’s extra day of practice was rained out as rain fell throughout the whole day. Teams will get a chance to practice tomorrow at 10 a.m., before qualifying at noon.
Unfortunately, the forecast for tomorrow also shows rain – however there’s a only a 40 percent chance throughout the day.
Following the season opener last month, J.R. Fitzpatrick currently leads the points by six points over Jeff Lapcevich. Lapcevich, who is running a limited schedule once again this season, is not running this weekend’s event. Fitzpatrick is one of the early favourites for this weekend based on how strong he ran last season on the ovals throughout the season.