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Crew Chief Chad Knaus offers Jimmie Johnson a bottle of water as Johnson gives on broadcast interview in victory lane following his win in the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 9, 2017. "I'm not feeling the best, but we got into Victory Lane," Johnson said before going to the infield care center to get treatment for apparent dehydration after his 81st career victory. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Charlotte Motor Speedway moves NASCAR playoff race to Sunday

Charlotte Motor Speedway’s previously scheduled October Saturday night playoff race has been moved to the next day, Sunday, Oct. 8, in a 2 p.m. start, the track announced on Thursday.

The move leaves no night races in the 10-event Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The event at the 1.5-mile Charlotte oval had been scheduled to run on Saturday night since 2002.

“We’ve heard from fans and from several drivers about how much fun it is to race during the daytime at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” Marcus Smith, speedway president and general manager, said in a release. “A return to ‘Daylight Racing Time’ also builds on our commitment to being ‘Fan first’ by providing families with affordable, world-class entertainment on a Sunday afternoon.”

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, whose eight career victories at Charlotte leads all drivers, applauded the move. Johnson believes racing in the daylight will make for a more exciting race.

“Charlotte’s so tricky, especially when the sun’s out,” Johnson said in the release. “And, the track’s finally aging and getting to a place with a lot of character (so) that a day race will allow us to run so many more lanes and, I think, create such an entertaining and compelling race … I’m really excited for a hot, slick, day race.”

Johnson won last year’s playoff race at Charlotte, held on Sunday afternoon after rain postponed the scheduled Saturday night race.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

Date Race TV Winner

Feb. 19

11:30 a.m. EST

Advance Auto Parts Clash

Daytona International Speedway

FS1 Joey Logano

Feb. 23

7 p.m. EST

Can-Am Duel at Daytona 1

Daytona International Speedway

FS1 Chase Elliott

Feb. 23

8:30 p.m. EST

Can-Am Duel at Daytona 2

Daytona International Speedway

FS1 Denny Hamlin

Feb. 26

2 p.m. EST

Daytona 500

Daytona International Speedway

FOX Kurt Busch

Mar. 5

2:30 p.m. EST

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Atlanta Motor Speedway

FOX Brad Keselowski

Mar. 12

3:30 p.m. EDT

Kobalt 400

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

FOX Martin Truex Jr

Mar. 19

3:30 p.m. EDT

Camping World 500

Phoenix International Raceway

FOX Ryan Newman

Mar. 26

3:30 p.m. EDT

Auto Club 400

Auto Club Speedway

FOX Kyle Larson

Apr. 2

2 p.m. EDT

STP 500

Martinsville Speedway

FS1 Brad Keselowski

Apr. 9

1:30 p.m. EDT

O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Texas Motor Speedway

FOX Jimmie Johnson

Apr. 23

2 p.m. EDT

Food City 500

Bristol Motor Speedway

FOX

Apr. 30

2 p.m. EDT

Toyota Owners 400

Richmond International Raceway

FOX

May 7

2 p.m. EDT

GEICO 500

Talladega Superspeedway

FOX

May 13

7:30 p.m. EDT

Go Bowling 400

Kansas Speedway

Fox Sports 1

May 20

6 p.m. EDT

Monster Energy Open

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Fox Sports 1

May 20

8:15 p.m. EDT

Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Fox Sports 1

May 28

6 p.m. EDT

Coca-Cola 600

Charlotte Motor Speedway

FOX

Jun. 4

1 p.m. EDT

AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Dover International Speedway

Fox Sports 1

Jun. 11

3 p.m. EDT

Pocono 400

Pocono Raceway

Fox Sports 1

Jun. 18

3 p.m. EDT

FireKeepers Casino 400

Michigan International Speedway

Fox Sports 1

Jun. 25

3 p.m. EDT

Toyota/Save Mart 350

Sonoma Raceway

Fox Sports 1

Jul. 1

7:30 p.m. EDT

Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola

Daytona International Speedway

NBC

Jul. 8

7:30 p.m. EDT

Quaker State 400 Presented by Advanced Auto Parts

Kentucky Speedway

NBCSN

Jul. 16

3 p.m. EDT

New Hampshire 301

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NBCSN

Jul. 23

3 p.m. EDT

Brickyard 400

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NBC

Jul. 30

3 p.m. EDT

Pennsylvania 400

Pocono Raceway

NBCSN

Aug. 6

3 p.m. EDT

Watkins Glen 355

Watkins Glen International

NBCSN

Aug. 13

3 p.m. EDT

Pure Michigan 400

Michigan International Speedway

NBCSN

Aug. 19

7:30 p.m. EDT

Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Bristol Motor Speedway

NBC

Sep. 3

6 p.m. EDT

Bojangles’ Southern 500

Darlington Raceway

NBCSN

Sep. 9

7:30 p.m. EDT

Federated Auto Parts 400

Richmond International Raceway

NBCSN

Sep. 17

3 p.m. EDT

Chicagoland 400

Chicagoland Speedway

NBCSN

Sep. 24

2 p.m. EDT

New England 300

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NBCSN

Oct. 1

2 p.m. EDT

Delaware 400

Dover International Speedway

NBCSN

Oct. 8

2 p.m. EDT

Bank of America 500

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NBC

Oct. 15

2 p.m. EDT

Alabama 500

Talladega Superspeedway

NBC

Oct. 22

3 p.m. EDT

Hollywood Casino 400

Kansas Speedway

NBCSN

Oct. 29

3 p.m. EDT

Goody’s Fast Relief 500

Martinsville Speedway

NBCSN

Nov. 5

2 p.m. EST

AAA Texas 500

Texas Motor Speedway

NBCSN

Nov. 12

2:30 p.m. EST

Can-Am 500

Phoenix International Raceway

NBC

Nov. 19

2:30 p.m. EST

Ford Ecoboost 400

Homestead-Miami Speedway

NBC
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