Rain forces postponement of Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte

Rain had its way on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been postponed due to persistent rain.

With the forecast calling for precipitation to linger until around midnight, NASCAR pulled the proverbial plug just after 6:45 p.m. ET Saturday.

The race, No. 4 of 10 in the championship-determing Chase for the Sprint Cup, has been rescheduled for Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET. The gates open at 9 a.m.

Sunday’s forecast is much better, with the afternoon forecast calling for sunny skies and a zero percent chance of precipitation.

Despite rain impacting multiple race weekends this season, this is just the second time in 2015 that a Sprint Cup race has been pushed back a day because of weather.

Joe Gibbs Racing headed into the event trying to reclaim some of the momentum seized by reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, who won last week at Dover to keep his title defense intact. JGR drivers Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth won the first two races in the opening round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championships.

But the stakes are higher in round two, which includes races at Charlotte, Kansas and finally Talladega. The field has been trimmed to 12 drivers, and JGR qualified all four of its cars in the top eight at Charlotte.

Kenseth and Kyle Busch will start on the front row, while Harvick will start 11th. Harvick is the defending race winner, and used his Charlotte victory last year to coast into the third round of the playoffs.

A victory in a Chase race earns a driver an automatic berth into the next round.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.