Rain in forecast for tomorrow’s Duck Commander 500

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Rain has been especially pesky in this spring portion of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, with the Daytona 500 and the Food City 500 at Bristol both having to deal with extended rain delays.

Unfortunately, the same fate may be in store for tomorrow’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race is scheduled for a 3 p.m. ET green flag, but inclement weather may make for a long day at the ‘Wild Asphalt Circus.’

NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth forecasts a 70 percent chance of rain in the Metroplex tomorrow, while the National Weather Service has that chance pegged higher at 80 percent. Both are forecasting temperatures in the high 50s.

TMS does have a lighting system, which extends the window for NASCAR to get the full race in should there be a delay. But should the race be rained out, it would likely be moved to Monday – the same day as the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship at nearby AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

That said, you figure TMS would run the race early on Monday morning to avoid a head-to-head conflict with the National Championship later that night.

The race had been a Saturday night event, but last fall, it was announced that it would move to a Sunday afternoon in order to accommodate the National Semifinal games going on tonight at Jerry’s World.

Monday weather forecasts for DFW retain a slight chance of rain but far less than what’s being predicted for Sunday and with temps warming up into the mid-60s.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.