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NASCAR at Charlotte live race updates, results, highlights from the rain-delayed Alsco Uniforms 500

NASCAR at Charlotte live race updates, results, highlights from the rain-delayed Alsco Uniforms 500 1

The biggest obstacle for Thursday night’s Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway might be rain.

After a 68-minute delay Sunday night, Wednesday night’s race was postponed to Thursday night and the forecast still could come into play. For now, it looks as if rain will stay east of the track. Assuming everything starts smoothly, William Byron and Alex Bowman will line up on the front row. 

The Alsco 500 will be the fourth of five Cup Series races in a two-week stretch due to a compact schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chase Elliott suffered his second consecutive heartbreaking loss  Sunday when a late caution cost him. He was able to redeem himself with a win in the Truck Series on Tuesday, but he is still looking for his first victory of the 2020 Cup Series season. 

Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Thursday’s NASCAR race at Charlotte. Follow along below for complete results from the Alsco Uniforms 500.

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NASCAR at Charlotte live updates, highlights from Alsco Uniforms 500

9:09 p.m. — Engines are re-fired.

9:04 p.m. — Engines starting soon. 

8:58 p.m. — Looking at a 9:15 restart time. 

8:30 p.m. — LaJoie, from his trailer during the rain delay, shares his side of what happened earlier on pit road. 

8:16 p.m. —  Looks like the severe weather veered east of Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

8:12 p.m. —  Could be back soon. 

8:02 p.m.  —  Some optimistic thinking. 

7:52 p.m.  —  Now a red flag for lighting. Minimum 30 minute delay. 

7:52 p.m.  —  Another caution. This time for Matt Kenseth. 

7:49 p.m.  —  Back to green on Lap 25. Logano in the lead. 

7:48 p.m.  —  Lot of drivers went to pit road, including Byron, who made contact with Corey LaJoie trying to exit pit road. 

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7:44 p.m.  —  Competition caution for Lap 20 is out. 

7:36 p.m.  —  Back to action on Lap 10. William Byron, the pole sitter, in the lead. 

7:30 p.m.  —  Looks like some potential weather could be approaching the track. 

7:26 p.m. —  Before things can even really get started, there’s a caution on Lap 1. Garrett Smithley catches fire. 

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Race:  Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Date:  Thursday, May 28
  •   Start time:  7 p.m. ET (scheduled start); 7:25 p.m. ET green flag

Thursday’s NASCAR race at Charlotte is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET following Wednesday’s postponement . FS1’s coverage of the Alsco Uniforms 500 is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, and the green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:25 p.m. ET.

More rain is predicted for the Charlotte area Thursday, so another delay is possible. The Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday had a 68-minute red flag because of a passing rain shower but was able to finish.

The only other night race currently on NASCAR’s modified schedule is the midweek Martinsville race on Wednesday, June 10.

NASCAR starting lineup at Charlotte

Below is the complete starting lineup for Thursday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The top 20 spots are an inversion of the top 20 finishers from Sunday’s race, and the bottom 20 spots are simply the bottom 20 finishers from Sunday’s race, with the exception of Jimmie Johnson.

One note: Josh Bilicki and J.J. Yeley are driver changes from Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, so they will drop to the back of the pack before the start of Thursday night’s race.

Pos.Driver
1William Byron
2Alex Bowman
3Michael McDowell
4Matt DiBenedetto
5John Hunter Nemechek
6Aric Almirola
7Austin Dillon
8Joey Logano
9Cole Custer
10Erik Jones
11Chris Buescher
12Christopher Bell
13Tyler Reddick
14Kurt Busch
15Martin Truex Jr.
16Kevin Harvick
17Kyle Busch
18Ryan Blaney
19Chase Elliott
20Brad Keselowski
21J.J. Yeley
22Ryan Preece
23Corey LaJoie
24Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
25Ty Dillon
26Matt Kenseth
27Ryan Newman
28Daniel Suarez
29Denny Hamlin
30Brennan Poole
31Gray Gaulding
32BJ McLeod
33Garrett Smithley
34Timmy Hill
35Quin Houff
36Joey Gase
37Josh Bilicki
38Bubba Wallace
39Clint Bowyer
40Jimmie Johnson

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