It originally was scheduled for Saturday night, but heavy and persistent rains postponed the start until Sunday, when the weather forecast is superb.

The 12 remaining Chase drivers will be searching for an all-important win, which will automatically qualify them for the Eliminator Round consisting of eight drivers.

Teams practiced primarily through the daylight hours, which should help now that the race has been pushed back to a 12:30 p.m. ET start. The heavy rains Saturday night washed the racing surface of any rubber build-up and giving drivers a green racetrack for Sunday's race. 

As a result, there will be a competition caution on Lap 25. 

Five-time Charlotte winner Jeff Gordon will be making his final start at the 1.5-mile track, the track where he earned his first Sprint Cup Series win in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600. Gordon has yet to win a race this season and knows it would be something special if he can go to Victory Lane at the end of the day. 

"If we walk out of here with a win, that would be extremely emotional," he said. 



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Jeff Kleinow's photo.