"We have alerted the industry to sit tight as we learn more about the path of the hurricane," NASCAR spokesman Mike Zizzo said. "Right now, we're monitoring the situation and will continue to monitor the situation as it goes further."
The sanctioning body has several contingency plans it could use should the situation warrant. One could be to allow the teams to travel later in the week, perhaps as late as Friday, and set the fields via the NASCAR rule book.
Zizzo said NASCAR will tell teams Tuesday what the next step should be.
Busch Series teams are slated to check-in at
Qualifying is set for Friday at
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But Helton said NASCAR will have to watch which direction the hurricane decides to go.
"There's not much we can do today until we figure out what we're going to be faced with," Helton said. "The forecasts are talking about landfall somewhere late Thursday, even into maybe Thursday night. The next 36 to 48 hours, we'll just have to simply watch the path and try to predict where it's going to go, what kind of creation it leaves us to work with.
"Mainly right now we've got several plans in place. We're ready to react on any one of them. But certainly our intention is to try to get the events done this weekend."