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Rain delays Charlotte Chase race to Sunday

RELATED: Live weather updates from Charlotte | See the starting lineup

CONCORD, N.C. -- Saturday night's scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Bank of America 500, has been postponed due to rain.

 

Originally scheduled for a 7:16 p.m. ET start on Saturday, the race will now go green at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. NBCSN will televise the 334-lap race, with radio coverage on PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio -- NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM will go live with pre-race coverage at noon ET.

 

The race at Charlotte is the first event of the three-race Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.


Prior to this race, six races had a weather delay of some kind during the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season: The Atlanta race in March, the Bristol race in April, the Richmond race in April, the Kansas race in May, the Michigan race in June and the summer race at Daytona.

Only the Richmond race was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, while the Michigan race was shortened by rain.

 

Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte and will start out front. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch joins him on the front row.

Kevin Harvick, who scored a win at Dover International Speedway last weekend to advance in the Chase, is the defending race winner at Charlotte.
 
Twelve drivers remain in play for the championship: Kenseth, Joey Logano , Denny Hamlin , Carl Edwards , Martin Truex Jr. , Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon , Brad Keselowski , Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman , Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the defending series champion, Harvick.

Races at Kansas Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway are also part of the Contender Round.

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