Forecast improves, but rain still possible for Talladega

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Talladega Superspeedway has been dealing with steady rainfall throughout the weekend, but the NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron’s 499 appears more likely to take the green flag at its scheduled start time of 1:07 p.m. ET.

The Weather Channel is forecasting just a 10 percent chance of rain at race time, but that chance spikes considerably to 60 percent later on in the day. Yesterday, the wet stuff forced a delay of three hours before the NASCAR Nationwide Series event finally got underway; the wild Aaron’s 312 race would end with only flickers of sunlight remaining.

Additionally, rain caused the cancellation of Friday’s Cup qualifying session and forced NASCAR to set the grid for today’s event according to speeds posted in the weekend’s first practice. Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. are on the front row.

The problematic weather has made the weekend an adventure for campers at the track. Pictures of campgrounds submerged in water  have circulated around Twitter, but it doesn’t sound like most fans were planning on abandoning their efforts to enjoy the races.

“You’ve got too much invested in coming over here. You might as well stay and wait it out. See what happens,” said Atlanta resident and camper Jay Bryant to the Anniston (Ala.) Star on Saturday. “Even if you only get half the race in, you’ve got to try.”

Spoken like a diehard.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.