Rain Stops NASCAR in Bristol

Race Resumes Today With Ganassi's Kyle Larson Leading

Scott Stiller
April 16, 2018 - 9:02 am
Track Drying Team At Work On Bristol Motor Speedway

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 race at Bristol Motor Speedway resumes today at 1 p.m. ET because rain forced the postponement of the event Sunday after 204-of-500-laps.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Kyle Larson will lead the field to the green.  Larson was out front in the No. 42 McDonalds Camaro when the caution flag flew for the fourth and final time on Sunday.

NASCAR moved up the start of the race by an hour because of the forecast, but intermittent rain in the morning and subsequent track drying delayed that by a half-hour, with the green flag eventually waving at 1:28 p.m.. ET.  It didn't stay green for long as the first caution for rain came at Lap 49.  The next caution came at Lap 119 when Michael McDowell spun, collecting Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott in the process.  The second caution for rain came at Lap 165.

Larson led 74-laps and was cruising out front by almost 7-seconds when the caution flag came out again for rain, this time followed by the red flag, postponing the race until today.

"It's hard to get a rhythm with all the rain and stuff and then getting out of your car and getting back in," Larson said.  "Our McDonalds Chevy is really fast, I would just like to get some racing going."

A couple of driver's won't be taking part in the conclusion of the race after issues on Sunday.  Ryan Blaney was leading the race when Trevor Bayne and Chris Buescher, fighting to stay on the lead lap, made contact in front of the leader collecting Blaney in the process.

McDowell, Ross Chastain and Harrison Rhodes are also out of the race.