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NASCAR, Charlotte keeping eye on Hurricane Matthew

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NASCAR officials have postponed the XFINITY Series' Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC until 11 a.m ET Sunday as steady rain pelted Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday. 

 

Officials are continuing to closely monitor the track of Hurricane Matthew ahead of Saturday evening's Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well. The Bank of America 500 (7 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), is the fourth event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs -- and the first race in the Round of 12.

 

Thursday's on-track activity was not affected by weather, but rain is forecast throughout the afternoon and evening Friday and early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. 

 

As of 8 a.m. ET Friday, Matthew was a Category 3 hurricane (downgraded from a Category 4 storm on Thursday) with the hurricane expected to move over the east coast of Florida Friday and over the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday. Hurricane warnings stretched from just north of Miami to southern South Carolina.

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway is located in Concord, North Carolina, roughly 200 miles inland. The latest proposed track for the storm projects a looping course away from North Carolina, which could spare the state from the brunt of its damage.

 

"I feel like we're going to race Saturday night, but you never know with the weather," Martin Truex Jr. said. "We're definitely going to do a little race trim (Thursday), which is uncharacteristic for our group."

 

Daytona International Speedway, located in the heart of the storm's potential route, faces a more imminent hurricane threat. The 2.5-mile track closed its track tour and ticketing operations Thursday and Friday in advance of the worsening weather in Daytona Beach, Florida.

 

Atlanta Motor Speedway is doing its part to help with the relief efforts. The 1.54-mile Georgia track has opened its campgrounds as a free-of-charge refuge for storm evacuees.

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