Live NASCAR updates: Follow tonight’s Charlotte race from green flag to checkers

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84 to go: Harvick passes Logano for second and is running down Bowman.

85 to go: Bowman leads Harvick and Logano back to the stripe.

86 to go: Green. Green. Green.

Actually, this would be pretty cool!

I like this:

90 to go: Bowman, Logano, Harvick Blaney, Kurt Busch and Elliott are out first.

91 to go: Cars head down pit road.

I did not…

Stage Two complete: Alex Bowman takes the Stage Two win. Elliott and Harvick are the best cars on the track as they were fourth and fifth at the stripe.

By the way, Greg Sacks was the last driver to win a NASCAR race held on a Thursday. It came on July 4, 1985 in the Firecracker 400. It was career win No. 1, his only victory.

5 to go Stage Two: Bowman, Blaney, Logano, Elliott, Harvick.

Lap 108: Bubba Wallace is running ninth. Nice run so far.

15 to go in Stage Two: Harvick is the fastest driver on the track. He’s fifth.

Here’s what Truex has to say about his night:

Lap 93: Coming into this race, Bowman led 318 laps, and he had 19 more to add to that. He leads Blaney by 1.32.

Lap 92: Blaney passes Logano for second. Bowman continues to lead.

Lap 90: Has anyone seen MTJ tonight? What’s up with him? Truex is 22nd.

Lap 88: Chase Elliott is up to sixth.

Lap 86: Ryan Newman with a tire rub, but he stays out.

Lap 83: How about that Tyler Reddick? The rookie is fifth.

Lap 80: Bowman leads Logano, lane and Kurt Busch back to the stripe.

Lap 79: 14 stayed out. Bowman will lead the pack to green. Here we go.

Lap 76: Pit stops underway. Jones and Johnson out first after taking two tires each. Harvick is third after taking four.

LOL

Here’s a look at the last restart and the damage Kyle Busch suffered:

Lap 73: Caution. Quin Houff makes contact with the wall.

Lap 69: Kyle Busch loses two laps. It appears he cut his left rear after he and Almirola drew contact.

Lap 66: Kevin Harvick overtakes Logano for the lead.

Lap 65: Kyle Busch in the pits.

Lap 64: Left rear tire down for Kyle Busch.

Lap 63: Green. Green. Green!

When racing resumes:

Now this is good news.

Lap 58: Leaders on pit road. Logano, Blaney, Harvick, Bowman, Kurt Busch and Matty D. are first off pit road.

He sure did…

Lap 55: Stage One complete. Joey Logano beats Ryan Blaney and Matty D. to the stripe. Harvick and Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 53: Shoutout to Ricky Stenhouse. He passes Dillon for 6th.

Lap 51: Ryan Blaney slips into second, passing Matty D.

Good to know!

Lap 46: Logano has led 24 of the first 46 laps.

Lap 45: No doubt about it, Kevin Harvick is the best car on the track. He’s up to fourth.

Lap 43: Joey Logano opens a 1.33 second lead Matty D.

No JGR drivers in the top 10

Lap 34: We’re green. Logano leads Matty D. and Kurt Busch on the restart. Blaney and Bowman round out the top five.

Jimmie Johnson suffered damage prior to the red, too:

Sunday’s winner Brad Keselowski back down on pit road as is William Byron. Brad’s Mustang suffered damage after he cut a tire prior to the red flag.

Bring it!

That’s what I’m talking about!

We shall see

Another look at the radar:

Now he knows how we feel watching a Formula One race! 🙂

More red flag random facts: 8 of Bobby Isaac’s 37 career victories were won on a Thursday.

Well, there’s that…

8:25 pm:

Not like they’re going to be ready to race at 8:45 p.m. anyway, but Mother Nature continues to pile on at Charlotte:

Bummer

It sure didn’t….

Not what we want to hear:

Random red flag NASCAR trivia. This one is too easy: A Bubba Wallace win tonight would be the 14th victory for car No. 43 for NASCAR races held on a Thursday. Guess who won the first 13?

Lap 25: The race has been stopped for lightning. Logano, Blaney,, DiBenedetto, Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman are the top five.

The race will not restart until the area can go 30 minutes without lightning within about 8 mile radius of the track.

We hear ya, Brad K.

Not cool, Mother Nature!

Lap 30: Matt Kenseth spins, bringing out another caution.

Here’s a look at Byron

Lap 27: It’s a coming…

Lap 25: Joey, Ryan Blaney did not pit and start on the front row. Logano takes the lead on the restart.

Lap 25: Green. Green. Green!

Yikes!

Lap 23: Byron heads back to pit road with rightside damage. He got tagged pretty good. Bummer for the early-race leader.

Byron, DeBenedetto, Bowman, Kurt Busch and Bell are the first five off pit road. Corey LaJoie tags Byron leaving the pit. Clint Bowyer caught for speeding.

Lap 23: Most of the leaders are in.

Lap 22: Competition caution

Lap 20: Matty D. goes by Bowman for second.

Lap 15: Harvick started 13th and is up to 8th. Byron continues to lead by .35 of a second.

Lap 13: I love the invert. Seeing McDowell, Nemechek and Bell run in the top 10 is pretty cool.

Lap 12: Matt led that one, but Bowman pushed Byron into the lead after they crossed the stripe.

Lap 11: Byron leads that lap, although he continues to race door to door with Matt D.

Lap 10: Green. Green. Green!

Lap 9: Caution remains out.

We don’t need a competition caution on lap 20, do we?

Another look at the radar

Rough night for the Rick Ware Racing team, which features Smithley and Gase. Ware also features Yeley and Poole.

Please…no…

Really?!?

Lap 4: DiBenedetto was able to pass Byron for the lead before the caution waved.

Lap 1: Crash. Smithley and Gase bring out the race’s first caution in turn four. Smithley’s car suffers heavy damage and catches fire. He is out of the car.

GREEN. GREEN. GREEN!

There’s still weather in the area, but this one will begin shortly.

I’d give it a 9….

Cassadee Pope nails it!. Nice job.

Put me down for Chase Elliott for tonight’s win. How about you? skaminsk@mlive.com with your prediction.

A look at the radar as of 6:30ish. Let’s keep the rain away!

This is what I like to see!

Brad Keselowski appeared to be the only NASCAR Cup Series driver not too frustrated over Wednesday night’s rainout at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Keselowski, a Rochester Hills, Mi., native won Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte, and the rainout means that the Team Penske driver has a little more time to celebrate that victory.

The Alsco Uniforms 500 has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. today on Fox Sports 1, and MLive will be keeping up with the action right here. Please bookmark this page and refresh it frequently because we will be offering updates, analysis and social media input from the sport’s teams and top journalists.

Fans are still not permitted to attend the races, but we will do our best to make it feel like you are in the stands. We will be getting underway around 7 p.m.

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