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NASCAR All Star Race At North Wilkesboro Speedway

Joey Logano (22) crashes during the NASCAR auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/Greg McWilliams)

NASCAR drivers are gearing up for the All Star race at the iconic North Wilkesboro Speedway, following the cancellation of last night's All Star Craftsman Truck Series race due to heavy rains and flooding. The track faced unprecedented challenges as a result of the stormy weather.

During the truck race, lightning struck, prompting a halt in the proceedings. The drizzle quickly escalated into a torrential downpour, dumping four inches of rain in just two hours. Turn one of the track was completely flooded, necessitating the relocation of the trucks parked in that area. Team members had to push the vehicles uphill multiple times to avoid water damage.

Despite the adverse conditions, the NASCAR teams displayed remarkable resilience and even a sense of humor. Some team members took advantage of the flooded turn one, engaging in impromptu swimming sessions to the delight of the fans. The scene included dives, belly flops, and even a driver joining in the water activities. However, the focus soon shifted back to the task at hand as teams had to retrieve floating tires amidst the continuing rainfall.

Preparations for today's race extended beyond the track itself, with 880 tons of gravel being delivered to reinforce the parking lot. Crews at the Speedway described the storm as an unprecedented event, noting the prolonged and intense nature of the rainfall. The humorous remark about Noah's Ark potentially outperforming in qualifying underlines the severity of the weather conditions faced.

Despite the challenges, the NASCAR community remains resilient and determined to make the All Star race a success. The historic North Wilkesboro Speedway is set to witness more memorable moments as the drivers take to the track for what promises to be an exciting event. Fans can catch all the action on FS1 tonight, as the racing continues amidst the backdrop of the unique events that have unfolded over the weekend.

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