Concord, NC – Rain moved into the Charlotte area very early on Saturday morning, forcing NASCAR to cancel both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions. That means the 40 drivers in Sunday’s Bank of America 500 (1 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN) field will have had just 55 minutes of practice this weekend.
With that being said, Saturday’s rain mixed with remnants of a Hurricane coming through the North Carolina area have forced NASCAR competition officials as well as Charlotte Motor Speedway staff to move up the start time for Sunday’s race up 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 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.