Posted by Terry Alexander - email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thousands of race fans are in Richmond Friday night as NASCAR comes to town for two days of racing. But a very unpredictable weather pattern has moved into Central Virginia which could make life difficult for those hoping to catch all the action.
But fans say the weather is something they can't control, so they just prepare and have a good time no matter what.
Tommy Painter has been leading a group of rabid race fans from Maryland to Richmond for 15 years. He has seen just about every kind of weather you can imagine.
"These are my season tickets, I've had them for 15 years and it could be snowing, I don't care, but I'm coming down." said Painter
And Tommy's crew has had race weekends where they were bundled up for cold weather and others like last year, where heat was the issue. This weekend the problem is rain. Something they are ready for.
"We got rain gear, we have slickers, we have beer, we have this makeshift hut here. If it rains it rains it will go on tomorrow and if not, we'll be here until Sunday," said Painter.
Jennifer Currin and her friend Karen Watson, have come prepared, packing their rain gear in the bags they will bring into the track, no matter what it looks like. They got stuck in last fall's crazy weather that pushed the race to Sunday afternoon.
"We'd drove all the way here two and half hours, and they canceled the race, we turned around and went back home." said Currin.
Track officials do their best to keep the fans informed. But with weather like this, there isn't much they can say, other than to prepare for anything.
"We don't have any good advice, it's just Richmond weather, it always happens this way we are getting ourselves into," Amy Turner of Richmond International Raceway.
Which means fans need to bring every bit of rain gear they have and be ready to be patient.
NASCAR officials will do their best to keep fans informed about the weather. They say the best place to track any developments is on their website www.rir.com.