Rain Delays Bristol Race Until Monday

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

BRISTOL, Tenn. – NASCAR didn’t waste a lot of time Sunday in postponing the Food City 500 until Monday as weather forecasts included steady rains and the possibility of flooding on race day.

The race was scheduled to go green Sunday at 2:13 p.m. EST but is now planned for 1 p.m. Monday. The television coverage will pick-up on the FOX Network at 1 p.m. and take fans through the checkered flag. The garage will open at 9 a.m., according to NASCAR. Additional information regarding pre-race festivities will be announced soon.

Leading the field to the green will be, Kyle Larson, who took the top spot based on his position in the points. Chase Elliott, who is second in the point standings, will be on the outside of Row 1.

“I always race really well here, I just don’t qualify good,” Larson joked, on Friday. “So, being handed the pole like this will hopefully help us out on Tuesday or Wednesday or whenever we race.”

Before hearing of the decision, which came shortly after noon, teams worked feverishly to get their cars though inspection still unsure when, or if, the call would be made. Still, some weren’t surprised NASCAR would throw in the towel so early in the day after watching the weather updates.

“It is what it is,” said Chris Buescher, driver of the No. 37 JTG Daughtery Bush’s Baked Beans Chevrolet. “We kind of knew that going into the weekend and honestly we got really lucky yesterday and got the Xfinity race in, got the K&N race in and we got to practice. I almost wish we wouldn’t have now because I ended up tearing a car up but we knew today was the worst chance, so it was just expected.”

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