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Rain postpones Bank of America 500 race until Sunday

Fans brave the rain before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was postponed due to rain Saturday, October 10, 2015.
Fans brave the rain before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was postponed due to rain Saturday, October 10, 2015. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Rain that swept through the Charlotte area postponed Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway until 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

The race was called at 6:55 p.m. – 26 minutes before the race was scheduled to start – with rain still falling and weather radar indicating that it wouldn’t stop anytime soon.

Even if the rain had halted at some point Saturday night, it’s estimated that it would have taken at least two hours for the track’s 12 Air Titan drying machines and eight jet driers to completely dry the track.

The race will be shown on NBC Sports Network. Gates at Charlotte Motor Speedway will open at 9 a.m., with the garage opening at 9:30 a.m.

A prerace show is still scheduled Sunday morning (time to be announced), including Erendira Wallenda, who will be suspended over the infield on an aerial ring hanging by a cable under a helicopter.

Matt Kenseth will be on the pole for Sunday’s race, which is the opener of the Chase’s second round.

Race facts

Bank of America 500

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord.

Track type: 1.5 mile tri-oval.

Race distance: 500 miles, or 334 laps.

Green flag: 12:30 p.m.

Weather: High of 70; Almost no chance of showers.

TV: NBC Sports Network

Radio: Performance Racing Network.

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