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NASCAR at Charlotte results, highlights from Chase Elliott's win at the Alsco Uniforms 500

"I know what you’re thinking, Jeff," Mike Joy said to Jeff Gordon on the FS1 broadcast with three laps to go Thursday in the Alsco Uniforms 500. "I don't want to jinx anything either."

Joy didn't have to explain what he meant. NASCAR fans knew exactly what he was talking about. Chase Elliott was leading the race by more than two seconds, just as he did the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night on the same racetrack at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On Sunday, a late caution took away the victory that Elliott had appeared to have all but locked up.

This time, though, nothing would stop Elliott as he secured his first Cup Series victory of the season.

"We've had some tough losses, but that deal on Sunday night was a heartbreaker," Elliott said in the postrace interview on FS1.

Two races ago, Elliott was inadvertently spun out by Kyle Busch when he was in second place with eight laps to go at Darlington. He got redemption Thursday night, but it wasn't without stress in the last few laps.

"I was just waiting for the caution to come out, to be honest with you," Elliott said in the interview. "I thought either the caution was going to come out, I was going to break something or I was gonna crash. Just after the last couple weeks, surely I wasn't going to get a green to the end, so I'm just glad I did."

Denny Hamlin came in second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kurt Busch.

Before the race, the biggest obstacle for Thursday night's Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway might have been the weather.

After a 68-minute delay Sunday night, the Alsco 500 was postponed from Wednesday night to Thursday night. It only took 30 laps for Thursday's race to be delayed over an hour when lightning was spotted in the area. After the race resumed, Joey Logano took Stage 1 and Alex Bowman won Stage 2.

Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Thursday's NASCAR race at Charlotte. Follow below for complete results from the Alsco Uniforms 500.

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NASCAR at Charlotte live updates, highlights from Alsco Uniforms 500

Position Driver
1 Chase Elliott
2 Denny Hamlin
3 Ryan Blaney
4 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
5 Kurt Busch
6 Joey Logano
7 Brad Keselowski
8 Austin Dillon
9 Martin Truex Jr
10 Kevin Harvick
11 Jimmie Johnson
12 William Byron
13 John Hunter Nemechek
14 Tyler Reddick
15 Matt DiBenedetto
16 Clint Bowyer
17 Ryan Newman
18 Cole Custer
19 Corey LaJoie
20 Aric Almirola
21 Christopher Bell
22 Chris Buescher
23 Matt Kenseth
24 Ryan Preece
25 Matt McDowell
26 Eric Jones
27 Ty Dillon
28 Daniel Suarez
29 Kyle Busch
30 Gray Gaulding
31 Alex Bowman
32 Quin Houff
33 Timmy Hill
34 J.J. Yeley
35 B.J. McLeod
36 Josh Bilicki
37 Bubba Wallace
38 Brennan Poole
39 Joey Gase
40 Garrett Smithley

11:08 p.m. — Chase Elliott wins it!

11:06 p.m. — Five to go. Elliott with over a two second lead on Blaney. Everyone should be good on gas.

11:03 p.m. — Ten to go. 1. Elliott 2. Blaney 3. Stenhouse Jr. 4. Hamlin 5. Harvick 6. Kurt Busch. 7. Logano 8. Keselowski 9. Austin Dillon 10. Truex Jr.

11 p.m. — Harvick has fallen back. In fourth place now, down five seconds to Elliott. Blaney in second, down 1.3 seconds.

10:54 p.m. — Chase Elliott is in the lead with 28 to go.

10:45 p.m. — Chase Elliott has moved into second place, less than a second behind Kevin Harvick with 40 laps to go.

10:38 p.m. — Green flag on Lap 150.

10:30 p.m. — Bowman slides into the wall.

10:28 p.m. — Seventy to go. Harvick in the lead.

10:20 p.m. — Back to green on Lap 123. 84 to go.

10:12 p.m. — Alex Bowman wins Stage 2.

9:44 p.m. — Caution for Quin Houff on Lap 73, the fifth caution of the night. Kenseth gets the free pass.

9:38 p.m. — Kyle Busch has a flat tire, heading to pit road.

9:32 p.m. — Logano wins Stage 1. Blaney comes in second, followed by, DiBenedetto, Harvick, Bowman, Stenhouse, Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, Elliott and Buescher.

9:24 p.m. — Quickly approaching Stage 1's end. Five laps to go. Logano in first, followed by DiBenedetto, Blaney, Harvick and Bowman.

9:16 p.m. — Back to green on Lap 35.

9:09 p.m. — Engines are refired.

9:04 p.m. — Engines starting soon.

8:58 p.m. — Looking at a 9:15 restart time.

8:30 p.m. — LaJoie, from his trailer during the rain delay, shares his side of what happened earlier on pit road.

8:16 p.m. — Looks like the severe weather veered east of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

8:12 p.m. — Could be back soon.

8:02 p.m. — Some optimistic thinking.

7:52 p.m. — Now a red flag for lighting. Minimum 30-minute delay.

7:52 p.m. — Another caution. This time for Matt Kenseth.

7:49 p.m. — Back to green on Lap 25. Logano in the lead.

7:48 p.m. — Lot of drivers went to pit road, including Byron, who made contact with Corey LaJoie trying to exit pit road.

7:44 p.m. — Competition caution for Lap 20 is out.

7:36 p.m. — Back to action on Lap 10. William Byron, the pole sitter, in the lead.

7:30 p.m. — Looks like some potential weather could be approaching the track.

7:26 p.m. — Before things can even really get started, there's a caution on Lap 1. Garrett Smithley catches fire.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Race: Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Date: Thursday, May 28
  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET (scheduled start); 7:25 p.m. ET green flag

Thursday's NASCAR race at Charlotte is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET following Wednesday's postponement . FS1's coverage of the Alsco Uniforms 500 is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, and the green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:25 p.m. ET.

More rain is predicted for the Charlotte area Thursday, so another delay is possible. The Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday had a 68-minute red flag because of a passing rain shower but was able to finish.

The only other night race currently on NASCAR's modified schedule is the midweek Martinsville race on Wednesday, June 10.

NASCAR starting lineup at Charlotte

Below is the complete starting lineup for Thursday night's NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The top 20 spots are an inversion of the top 20 finishers from Sunday's race, and the bottom 20 spots are simply the bottom 20 finishers from Sunday's race, with the exception of Jimmie Johnson.

One note: Josh Bilicki and J.J. Yeley are driver changes from Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, so they will drop to the back of the pack before the start of Thursday night's race.

Pos. Driver
1 William Byron
2 Alex Bowman
3 Michael McDowell
4 Matt DiBenedetto
5 John Hunter Nemechek
6 Aric Almirola
7 Austin Dillon
8 Joey Logano
9 Cole Custer
10 Erik Jones
11 Chris Buescher
12 Christopher Bell
13 Tyler Reddick
14 Kurt Busch
15 Martin Truex Jr.
16 Kevin Harvick
17 Kyle Busch
18 Ryan Blaney
19 Chase Elliott
20 Brad Keselowski
21 J.J. Yeley
22 Ryan Preece
23 Corey LaJoie
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
25 Ty Dillon
26 Matt Kenseth
27 Ryan Newman
28 Daniel Suarez
29 Denny Hamlin
30 Brennan Poole
31 Gray Gaulding
32 BJ McLeod
33 Garrett Smithley
34 Timmy Hill
35 Quin Houff
36 Joey Gase
37 Josh Bilicki
38 Bubba Wallace
39 Clint Bowyer
40 Jimmie Johnson