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Rain causes Bank of America 500 to be rescheduled for Sunday

CONCORD, N.C. -- Persistent rain and dropping temperatures forced NASCAR to postpone the Bank of America 500 scheduled for Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The 334-lap, 500-mile race was rescheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

NASCAR officials postponed the event, scheduled to go green at 7:21 p.m. ET, just before 7 p.m. as rain continued to fall and with the radar indicating it would continue for at least another hour. With temperatures in the 50s, it was going to take at least 90 minutes, if not longer, to dry the track.

Accuweather.com predicts a dry afternoon Sunday with temperatures in the high-60s.

Joe Gibbs Racing's Matt Kenseth is on the pole for the Bank of America 500, the first race of the Contender Round for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.