Rainout Means Full Day of Racing Activity at Charlotte on Saturday

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

CONCORD, N.C. – Persistent rain wiped out all track activity on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, setting up a full day of racing on Saturday at the 1.5-mile track.

Both the Sprint Showdown, which will determine three qualifiers for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, and the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race have been rescheduled for Saturday.

Practice for the all-star race will open Saturday activity at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Sprint Showdown at 11 a.m. and the Truck race at 12:30 p.m.

All of Saturday’s activity will be broadcast on FS1.

With the starting field for the Showdown set by owner points, according to the NASCAR rule book, Chase Elliott will lead the field to green from the pole position with Austin Dillon beside him. Ryan Blaney, Elliott’s chief rival for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will start third beside veteran AJ Allmendinger in fourth.

The winners of each of three segments (20, 20 and 10 laps) will transfer into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, with qualifying for the main event scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. The all-star race is set to start at approximately 9 p.m. on FS1.

The starting field for the Truck race was set according to speeds from Thursday’s abbreviated practice, fastest to slowest. That put Kansas winner William Byron on the pole with Spencer Gallagher beside him on the front row and Ben Kennedy and Johnny Sauter third and fourth, respectively.

Series leader Matt Crafton will take the green flag from the 17th starting spot.

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