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Weather Could Affect NASCAR Races in Dover

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DOVER, Del.-  The Monster Mile.  It's one of the most awaited tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

"It's the speed.  It's a drivers track.  Solid concrete for a full mile, it's going to be an exciting race," said John Nelson, who flew in from Seattle for the races.

But persistent rain could be a problem this weekend.  It's something that the racetrack and NASCAR is watching closely.

"We have an on-staff meteorologist and we are working with NASCAR.  We are always monitoring what is going on," said Gary Camp with the Dover International Speedway.

Events could be postponed or canceled if necessary, but that's a last resort.

"We don't want to prematurely cancel anything.  We've learned from history that it looks really bad at times, and then it blows through and then the races go on as scheduled.  So we don't want to prematurely cancel anything," Camp said.

Some race fans are worried about the weather.

"This year, the race starts at 5:30.  It used to be at one o'clock or two o'clock, and we would just stand under the bleachers.  Now with it being at 5:30, they aren't going to have time to dry the track," said Alicia Jones of Northeast.

Others are not so worried.

"This track has got lights.  It's concrete and dries really fast.  It's small.  With the driers they have these days, they can have the track dry in an hour," said John Nelson.

Management at the raceway is hopeful the events can go on uninterrupted as much as possible, but Mother Nature has the final say.

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