NASCAR moves Sunday's start because of Tropical Storm

NASCAR moves Sunday's start because of Tropical Storm

October 7th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Sports

Security personnel stand under an umbrella on pit road before a scheduled practice for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Rain has delayed activities at the track. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - 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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