NASCAR moves Sunday’s start because of Tropical Storm

Kyle Busch (18) leads Ryan Newman (31) and Jimmie Johnson (48) during the NASCAR Cup Series race in Bristol, Tenn. (Wade Payne/AP)

CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR has moved the start of Sunday’s race up one hour to 1:10 p.m. ET because of a strong threat of rain.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway race had traditionally been a Saturday night event, but was rained out last year because of Hurricane Matthew. It was held the next day, a gorgeous Sunday in North Carolina.

So Charlotte officials this year move the race to Sunday, but rain again is threatening to disrupt the event. Saturday’s first practice session was washed out.

Denny Hamlin will lead the field to the green flag in the opening race of NASCAR’s second round of the playoffs.

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