Start of Saturday’s Cup race moved up by an hour

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Because of the threat of inclement weather, Saturday night’s Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway will begin an hour earlier.

NASCAR announced Friday afternoon that the green flag will be at 6:46 p.m. ET for Saturday’s 500-lap race.

Various forecasts are putting the odds of scattered thunderstorms at more than 50% Saturday night.

Rain also is a possibility Friday night, so NASCAR elected to move up the start of the Xfinity race by 15 minutes for a 7:28 p.m. green flag.