A NASCAR Cup Series race had been slated to take place for the fourth time in 11 days until the Alsco Uniforms 500 was postponed to Thursday.
The abundance of live racing action has been a welcomed return to normalcy — or at least something resembling normalcy — during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down most of the sports world. But the rain has not. Several races have been interrupted or shortened by the rain since NASCAR’s return, and it happened again Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
NASCAR decided to push the Alsco Uniforms 500 back one day to 7 p.m. on Thursday. After 31 laps, the race got put under the red flag due to lightning in the area.
Sporting News is tracking the weather updates for the Alsco Unforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
9:09 p.m. — Engines are re-fired. About to start back up.
9:03 p.m. — Engines will restart at 9:07.
9 p.m. — One more cell to watch for.
8:57 p.m. — Drivers heading back to the track. Looking at a 9:15 ET restart time.
8:56 p.m. — The lightning hold has been lifted, NASCAR announced.
8:53 p.m. — Approaching an hour long delay.
Reports of rain on backstretch and then Turn 4 but NASCAR hopes radar shows it is moving out and continuing track drying. One more cell to south to watch … pic.twitter.com/5Mf4MWS4QX
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 29, 2020
8:37 p.m. — Some mist on the track.
8:31 p.m. — Air titans are out to dry the track.
The Air Titans have been sent out onto the track at @CLTMotorSpdwy to begin drying efforts, but we still remain in a lightning delay.
Continue to stay tuned in to FS1 for further updates.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) May 29, 2020
8:16 p.m. — Looks like the severe weather veered east of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
8:12 p.m. — Could be back soon.
8:05 p.m. — Another update.
8 p.m. ET— Severe thunderstorm warning for the track. A minimum of a 30-minute delay will be in place.
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What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Date : Thursday, May 28
- Start time : 7 p.m. ET (7:25 p.m. ET green flag)
- TV channel : FS1
- Live stream : Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
The Alsco Uniforms 500 was postponed Wednesday and will now take place on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. For those without cable, the race can be streamed on Fox Sports Go and fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
According to weather.com, there is a 15 percent chance of rain in the Concord, N.C., area at 7 p.m. ET, as scattered thunderstorms are expected to move through the region. The early afternoon hours at the track featured sun, but more storm systems were expected to threaten the area later in the evening.
While not as widespread as yesterday (not tropical system) Storms will be more sct’d this evening @CLTMotorSpdwy – Odds of Racing this evening 60-70% but with a lot more dry openings – working with @RaceWeather #NASCAR
— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) May 28, 2020
Radar at moment looks promising after some rain at Charlotte. #NASCAR Race Hub at 6pm ET on FS1 to get you ready for Cup race. Invocation at 7:05 and green flag at 7:25. Stages 55-60-93. Competition caution Lap 20. Official race Lap 104. #nascar @NASCARONFOX pic.twitter.com/gNfkicbTjn
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 28, 2020
A flood warning is in effect for the Concord area until 9:45 p.m. local time Thursday.
NASCAR starting lineup at Charlotte
Below is the complete starting lineup for Thursday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The top 20 spots are an inversion of the top 20 finishers from Sunday’s race, and the bottom 20 spots are simply the bottom 20 finishers from Sunday’s race, with the exception of Johnson.
One note: Josh Bilicki and J.J. Yeley are driver changes from Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, so they will drop to the back of the pack before the start of Wednesday night’s race.
|5||John Hunter Nemechek|
|15||Martin Truex Jr.|
|24||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
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