Rain moves Friday NASCAR activity at Charlotte to Saturday
By AMANDA VINCENT
Rain throughout the day Friday at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway halted all scheduled on-track activity. Among the changes in the weekend schedule is the move of the Sprint Showdown to Saturday at approximately 11 a.m. ET. With the modified schedule, the track will host three races Saturday — the Sprint Showdown, the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the Sprint All-Star Race.
Below, is the modified schedule:
All events will air live on FOX Sports 1.
The Sprint Showdown, originally scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Friday, is a 50-lap event, broken up into three segments — two 20-lap segments and a 10-lap segments. The leader at the end of each segment will advance to Saturday night’s All-Star Race. Also, the top two vote-getters in an online fan vote, not already advancing to the All-Star Race by virtue of a segment win, will take the last available spot in the Sprint All-Star Race. Drivers already in the All-Star Race (2015 race winners, 2016 winners to this point in the season, former Sprint Cup champions and past All-Star Race winners) will not compete in the Sprint Showdown.
“We’ll have a few different opportunities in each of the segments (of the Showdown) to try and race our way in (to the All-Star Race), so that’s our goal and what we’re going to try to do,” Chase Elliott said earlier this week.
With rain forcing the cancellation of practice and Showdown qualifying Friday, the starting grid for the Sprint Showdown was set by car owner points, putting Chevrolet drivers Elliott and Austin Dillon on the front row.
Here’s the complete starting grid for the Sprint Showdown:
Row 1 — Chase Elliott (No. 24 Chevrolet), Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet)
Row 2 — Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford), A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet)
Row 3 — Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford)
Row 4 — Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet), Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet)
Row 5 — Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet), Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford)
Row 6 — Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford), Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Chevrolet)
Row 7 — Landon Cassill (No. 38 Ford), Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet)
Row 8 — Brian Scott (No. 44 Ford), Michael McDowell (No. 95 Chevrolet)
Row 9 — David Regan (No. 23 Toyota), Matt DiBenedetto (No. 83 Toyota)
Row 10 — Regan Smith (No. 7 Chevrolet), Chris Buescher (No. 34 Ford)
Row 11 — Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet), Cole Whitt (No. 98 Chevrolet)
Row 12 — Jeffrey Earnhardt (No. 32 Ford), Reed Sorenson (No. 55 Chevrolet)
Row 13 — Josh Wise (No. 30 Chevrolet)