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Charlotte Race Postponement Easier Than Most Postponements

CONCORD, NC - MAY 24:  Cars wait on pit road during a rain delay for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on May 24, 2009 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jim BobCorrespondent IMay 25, 2009

Lowe's Motor Speedway is probably the only track that team owners don't dread a rain out, mostly because the track is located only a few miles from many of the teams's headquarters.

Elton Sawyer, Competition Director at Red Bull Racing, said on Sunday that the postponement of the Coca-Cola 600 won't hurt their plans of getting to Dover next weekend.

"We can run tomorrow and still be able to meet our schedule, our truck be out of there Wednesday and be ready for Dover and not be a real problem," commented Sawyer. "The worst part is tomorrow is a holiday and everyone wants to be on the lake. You can't do anything about the weather so we'll do what we have to do."

The race conditions will also change because not only will teams have a "green" race track, they will also be racing in the afternoon instead of at night, as originally scheduled.

"We'll be dealing with the heat so you won't have as much grip," added Sawyer. "The characteristics of the handling is definitely going to be different. It's the same for everybody but it will be different."

Because of the close proximity between the race tracks and the race teams homes, it also won't put the financial burden teams could face after a race postponement at other race tracks.

"Financially it's not a big deal because we're here, it's local and everybody is staying at home anyway," Sawyer said.

The Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to begin at Noon ET on Monday.

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