NASCAR officials postponed Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway scheduled to hold on Sunday because of a forecast of steady rain throughout the evening.
The 14th of the Cup Series season was moved to Monday and will start at 3 p.m. ET. The 600-mile event — the longest NASCAR race of the season will be broadcasted live on FOX, PRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
The postponement of Sunday’s race is coming after heavy rainfall on Saturday forced a cancellation of practice and qualifying and pushed the Xfinity Series race to Monday as well. The Xfinity race will now start at 11 a.m. ET on Monday and will be aired on FS1, PRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
With no Busch Light Pole Qualifying taking place, the starting lineup for the race was set by NASCAR’s metric formula. William Byron will lead the field to green in the No. 24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Chase Elliott will start from the sixth position in the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Patriotic Chevy.
Kyle Larson will begin the race from 12th in the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Patriotic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Alex Bowman takes the grid from the 31st position in the No. 48 Ally Patriotic Chevy.
This season, Byron ranks first in the following statistical categories: Wins (three), laps led (596), laps run in the top five (1,787), stage wins (six), and top-five finishes (six). racing at his home track, he has one top-five finish and two top-10s on the oval layout.
Elliott has not finished outside the top 12 and is now 63 points outside the provisional playoff cutline since he returned from an injury. In 11 Charlotte oval starts, he has one win, five top-five finishes, and six top-10s, with four of those top-five finishes coming in his last five starts at the 1.5-mile venue.
Larson who has competed in 13 races this season, has led the second-most laps with 582 in the series and is tied for second in points-paying wins (two) and top-five finishes (five). On the Charlotte oval, he has one win, two top-five finishes, and six top-10s in 13 starts. Larson’s victory in this race in 2021 was the organization’s 269th Cup Series win, surpassing Petty Enterprises to become the all-time winningest team in premier series history.
Bowman is making a relaunch after being out the past four weeks recovering from an injury – a fractured vertebra. Before his injury, he had recorded three top-five finishes, six top-10s, and an average finish of 10.30 in 10 Cup Series races this season. At 17th in the standings, he currently sits just five points outside the provisional playoff cutline. He has one top-five finish and four top-10s in 11 starts at the Charlotte Oval.
Hendrick Motorsports has 21 wins on the 1.5-mile track, which is tied for the third-most Cup Series victories at any one particular track by an organization. The team also sits on the top-two spots on this list with its win totals at Martinsville Speedway (28) and Dover Motor Speedway (22). Twelve of those wins have come in the Coca-Cola 600, which is the most victories in the event by any team.