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Start time moved up for Charlotte Monster Energy Series playoff race

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NASCAR competition officials and Charlotte Motor Speedway staff moved up the start time for Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race by one hour to 1:10 p.m. ET.

A high probability of inclement weather prompted officials Saturday morning to shift the schedule for the Bank of America 500 (NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the fourth event in the 10-race postseason. The 500-miler is the opener to the Round of 12, the second three-race phase of eliminations that will determine a series champion.

All other pre-race ceremonies have also been scheduled one hour earlier. Driver introductions will take place at 12:20 p.m. ET. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage will open at 7:30 a.m. ET, and spectator gates at the 1.5-mile track will open at 9 a.m. ET.

Denny Hamlin will lead the field to the green flag after winning the Coors Light Pole in Friday evening qualifying.

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