NASCAR: Hurricane Matthew pushes Charlotte races to Sunday doubleheader
By AMANDA VINCENT
Hurricane Matthew continues to toy with the NASCAR weekend schedule at Charlotte Motor Speedway that, originally, was supposed to culminate in the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night. As a result of inclement weather from the hurricane, all on-track activity was cancelled Friday and Saturday, turning the two-race weekend into a Sunday doubleheader.
The Bank of America 500 will kick-off Sunday’s racing activity by taking the green flag shortly after noon ET. Despite the change in schedule, the race still is expected to be shown live on NBC.
The Drive for the Cure 300 Xfinity Series race, originally scheduled for Friday night and then postponed to an 11 a.m. start on Sunday, has been rescheduled, again, with the move of the Sprint Cup Series race, also to Sunday. No, the Xfinity Series race is expected to take the green flag shortly after the checkered flag of the Sprint Cup race, tentatively at 4:30 p.m. That race will air live on NBCSN.
While the Xfinity Series race is a chase elimination race for that series, Sunday’s Bank of America 500 is the first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for the Cup race, with Alex Bowman, substitute for Dale Earnhardt Jr., will start alongside on the front row.
“It means so much for Hendrick Motorsports to take a chance on me for these races,” Bowman said. “I’m really thankful to be here.”
The Sprint Cup Series qualified for its race on Thursday, before wet weather arrived. The series also held a practice session on Thursday.
Martin Truex Jr. dominated the last time the Sprint Cup Series raced at Charlotte, leading all but eight laps of the Coca-Cola 500 in May. Joey Logano won last year’s Bank of America 500 on his way to sweeping all three second-round Chase races.
“It doesn’t look like we’ll get on the race track tomorrow with the way the weather is, so we made some extra laps in race trim, along with everybody else,” Logano said Thursday. “I thought my car drove really good in race trim, so I was excited about that.”