NASCAR’s good, bad, ugly and the haboob at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 06:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, leads the field during a sand storm over the track the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 06: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, leads the field during a sand storm over the track the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The desert is supposed to be place of calmness, serenity, and tranquility… and dry.  If you watch Westerns, the sky is always blue and the world is always dry. Sure it rains, but very little.  In fact Vegas is the only large city in the US to average less than an inch of rain for every month of the year. The odds are (pun intended) then that most days in Vegas will be dry ones. In fact it would be a pretty good bet that a day in Las Vegas will be dry one.

That wager Sunday however would have resulted in a losing bet. There was rain in the morning, but it wasn’t the rain, it was mostly gone by race time and only delayed the start of the race for some 25-minutes. No the worst thing was the wind. Not a gentle cooling breeze wafting around the infield mind you but an all-out, hurricane force batten down the hatches, ladies hold on to your skirts, type of wind. There were gusts of over 50 miles per hour and they wreaked havoc on everyone in attendance.  That is except the US Air Force Thunderbirds whose flyover went off without a hitch, because they are jets, going several hundred miles per hour and they are shaped like rockets, so…

All that wind put a great deal of trash on the track, but it also helped dry the surface pretty quickly.

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