NASCAR changes Charlotte schedule due to weather

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NASCAR has already made a change to the weekend schedule at Charlotte Motor Speedway, given the expectation of bad weather.

Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the Alsco Uniforms 300, had been scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, with the green flag estimated for 1:19 p.m. ET.

But as a result of the anticipation of wet weather, NASCAR has moved up the start time by an hour. It is still set to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1, but beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET. The green flag is set to fly at 12:19 p.m. ET.

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There is a 90% chance of rain on Saturday, according to The Weather Channel, which prompted the change. Whether or not the change will actually pay off remains to be seen, as the rain is projected to begin at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Note that NASCAR does not have rain tires available for any oval tracks longer than one mile. Charlotte Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile oval.

This may very well not be the only change to the NASCAR weekend schedule, given the weather forecast.

Cup Series practice for the Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to take place on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. ET, with qualifying to follow at 7:50 p.m. ET. That could very well be canceled, in which case the starting lineup would be set by the metric (see full provisional lineup here).

Then on Sunday, there is an 82% chance of rain. With the Coca-Cola 600 scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. ET (Fox), it faces the risk of being postponed.

The forecast isn’t all that much better on Monday either, with a 60% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms throughout Memorial Day. The forecast isn’t nearly as dire on Tuesday or Wednesday, but there is still a chance for showers.

Fortunately, there is only a 19% chance of rain on Friday night, which is when the Truck Series race, the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, is scheduled to take place at the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) Concord, North Carolina oval. It is set to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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