CONCORD, NC (AP) – Rain washed out the Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday night – an easy break for NASCAR teams affected by an exhausting return to racing.
The race was postponed for Thursday evening at 7 p.m., which in turn forced NASCAR to postpone the Xfinity Series race scheduled for Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. The processing time is too difficult for the broadcast partner Fox Sports to leave Charlotte and to quickly rebuild his setup in Tennessee under the guidelines of social distancing.
The Xfinity Series race will instead be held Monday night, a day after the Cup Series.
NASCAR’s first racing wave on its comeback included seven national events over eleven days. The second race in a row on Wednesday evening would have been the fourth for the Elite Cup series since May 17th. That time span included the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday evening, which went 607.5 miles in extra time and was the longest event in NASCAR history.
The rain gave drivers, especially Kyle Busch and Timmy Hill, who had competed in all seven of the first races, an extra day off.
The starting order for the second cup race in Charlotte this week was determined based on the target order of the Coca-Cola 600, but with a reversal. Hendrick Motorsports’ teammates, William Byron and Alex Bowman, start from pole position while Coca-Cola 600 winner Brad Keselowski starts in 20th place.
The seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will start last because his car was disqualified after second place in the post-race inspection.