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NASCAR postpones Bank of America 500 to Sunday at noon

CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR has postponed the Sprint Cup Series race from Saturday night to noon Sunday as rain bands from Hurricane Matthew continued to pelt the track Saturday morning.

The Bank of America 500 will start at noon Sunday with the Xfinity Series race, postponed from Friday night, starting about 45 minutes after the conclusion of the Cup event.

Kevin Harvick is on the pole for the Cup race, the first race of the quarterfinal round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The lineup for the Xfinity race was set per the rulebook. Kyle Larson will start on that pole.

The race track is located in an area under a flash flood watch and a wind advisory with 1 to 2 inches of rain predicted to fall Saturday. The entire state of North Carolina is under a state of emergency. High humidity projected for Saturday night also would have hindered attempts to dry the track if the rain ended Saturday afternoon.

The AccuWeather forecast for Sunday is for temperatures in the low-70s with no chance of rain.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.