By Zach Richter

NASCAR was set for the Alsco Uniforms 500 on Wednesday, May 27, but Mother Nature had other plans. Because the rain refused to let up at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR and track officials postponed the race. Instead, the Cup Series event will go off on Thursday, May 28.

Officials are optimistic that rain associated with Tropical Depression Bertha will move out and not interfere with Thursday’s race, which will be broadcast by FS1 at 7 p.m. ET.

The 208-lap, 213-mile race is the fourth Cup Series event since NASCAR’s return May 17 from the hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All of those races were without fans in attendance and zero practice, and only the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 used the standard qualifying format.
After finishing 20th in the Coca-Cola 600, William Byron will start from the pole position on Thursday. Coca-Cola 600 winner Brad Keselowski will start 20th. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will start last because his car was disqualified in post-race inspection after he finished second.
Aside from the adjustment in the Cup Series schedule, things are also shaking up the Xfinity Series. The Alsco Uniforms 500 postponement forced NASCAR to move its next Xfinity race, scheduled for Saturday, May 30, to Monday, June 1. The Cheddar’s 300 presented by Alsco is set for 7 p.m. ET on FS1.

Starting lineup for the Alsco Uniforms 500:
1. William Byron
2. Alex Bowman
3. Michael McDowell
4. Matt DiBenedetto
5. John Hunter Nemechek
6. Aric Almirola
7. Austin Dillon
8. Joey Logano
9. Cole Custer
10. Erik Jones
11. Chris Buescher
12. Christopher Bell
13. Tyler Reddick
14. Kurt Busch
15. Martin Truex Jr.
16. Kevin Harvick
17. Kyle Busch
18. Ryan Blaney
19. Chase Elliott
20. Brad Keselowski
21. Reed Sorenson
22. Ryan Preece
23. Corey LaJoie
24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
25. Ty Dillon
26. Matt Kenseth
27. Ryan Newman
28. Daniel Suarez
29. Denny Hamlin
30. Brennan Poole
31. JJ Yeley
32. B.J. McLeod
33. Garrett Smithley
34. Timmy Hill
35. Quin Houff
36. Joey Gase
37. Josh Bilicki
38. Bubba Wallace
39. Clint Bowyer
40. Jimmie Johnson

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