BUSCH: Rain halts race in Charlotte

The Little Trees 300 has been called due to heavy rain showers in the greater Charlotte area. The field took to the track under a misty shower, where they took the green/yellow flag to begin to count laps. After mere eight circuits, a steady rain...

The Little Trees 300 has been called due to heavy rain showers in the greater Charlotte area. The field took to the track under a misty shower, where they took the green/yellow flag to begin to count laps. After mere eight circuits, a steady rain began to beat down, forcing NASCAR to display the red flag.

Those laps will not be included tomorrow, when the race is restarted, and the lap count will begin at zero.

The change creates a major logistical problem for the staff at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The grandstands will have to be cleared between the Busch and Cup events, creating a traffic nightmare.

There is also the added curveball of several Winston Cup drivers being entered to run in the Busch event creating a grueling schedule for those drivers. Included on the roster of racers to run the Little Trees 300 are the men who sit 1-2 in the championship battle, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick.

If he chooses to remain in the event and not withdraw, Kevin Harvick will start from the Bud pole.

The Little Trees 300 takes the green flag tomorrow at 11:00 am, and will be shown live on TNT.

The schedule change marks the first time that a Cup/Busch doubleheader has been ran in NASCAR history.

Gates for the Busch event will open at 8:30 am. The gates will be swept after the conclusion of the Busch event, and reopen at 3:00 pm for the Winston Cup event, which starts at 7:20 pm.

Lowe's Motor Speedway officials will evaluate the weather and track conditions at 8:00 am tomorrow morning to make sure the surface is fit for racing. If rain persists, the race will be rescheduled for 12:30 pm Sunday.

If the Winston Cup event is also rained out on Saturday night, there is no word whether NASCAR will attempt a doubleheader Sunday afternoon.

Stay tuned for emerging storylines.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick