Hamlin leads halfway at Charlotte; Harvick, Logano in garage


After Saturday’s Bank of America 500 was postponed due to rain, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is back racing under sunny skies Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Denny Hamlin is the leader at the halfway point (Lap 167) of the scheduled 334-lap event.

Jimmie Johnson is running second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray. Sixth through 10th are Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Ryan Blaney and Matt Kenseth.

Elliott has led the most laps (101).

Chase drivers Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano have suffered significant issues with their cars and gone to the garage for repairs.

Among incidents that occurred during the first 167 laps:

* Pole-sitter Harvick experienced an apparent electrical system issue on Lap 152, losing power. He limped his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet to pit road. He has taken his car to the garage.

* Chase driver Joey Logano hit the wall on Lap 116 when his right front tire went down, bringing out a caution. Logano’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion suffered moderate damage, but he was able to return to the track after pit road repairs were made.

Logano hit the wall again on Lap 152, suffering significant damage.

* Alex Bowman, driving the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in place of the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., saw his day end early when he wrecked with Casey Mears on Lap 62.

“Blew a tire I guess,” Bowman told NBC. “Really unfortunate, but it’s not anybody’s fault. We didn’t hit nothing. We just must have run over something.”

* Matt Kenseth was forced to start from the back of the field in 40th position after his team made unapproved adjustments to the trackbar mount.

* There have been four cautions for 24 laps.

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