Cup victor will have new place to celebrate at Bristol

Crew members for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (20) team push his vehicle through the pit area before practice for the Food City 500 auto race, Friday, April 21, 2017, in Bristol, Tenn. Thursday I had the odds of racing closer to 30 percent but with two days worth of weather date, I'd say the odds of us seeing racing Sunday afternoon and night is 20 percent or less.

Kurt Busch's last victory on the track came in this race in 2006.

Larson has put efforts in working in the top lane, leaving the popular inside groove to search for better passing opportunities. "Being handed the pole like this will hopefully help us out". "Hopefully when the race starts, guys in the mind-pack work their way up". "I always race really well here; I just don't ever qualify good".

While Rush hopes to get approval to continue the BMS trips from her new principal at Bluff City Middle School, where the new batch of Weaver fifth-graders will start attending in August, Allgaier said he'll do whatever he can to continue meeting with the students, even if it means making a trip out to the school in the future. If these two can stay out of trouble for 500 laps, what fun it would be to see them battle each other for their first Bristol win. Chase Elliott, for example, was spotted in his native Georgia, giving the tomahawk chop at an Atlanta Braves game.

"To me the difference in what I see is like we have seen at Martinsville where the folks, those of you that have walked across the race track after a Martinsville race, excluding this last race that we ran at Martinsville, there is always a lot of little pieces of marbles and rubber build up from just outside the groove all the way that kind of get pushed out all the way to the wall", Elliott said.

"Mother Nature" takes round one at the Bristol Motor Speedway after qualifying was cancelled.News channel 11 sports Kane O'Neill is there and brings us up to speed on a soggy BMS. The laps led leaders during this time are Kyle Busch(448), Kevin Harvick(325) and Joey Logano(218). He's already got one win this season and his front-row starting spot has him certain he can have a strong race. Instead of qualifying, NASCAR gave teams a 55 minute practice session.

Justin Allgaier led the Xfinity practice with a fast lap of 15.422 seconds at 124.420 miles per hour. He turned a fast lap of 127.843 miles per hour. "It seems like some of the (treated) area is getting picked up and I was just trying to get a little lower and got a little bit too much of the apron". "If you get some practice in, and the track rubbers up, the more comfortable you get because you don't have to turn the wheel so much". He also leads the Cup Series with four stage wins and has garnered 73 stage points along with nine playoff bonus points.

Saturday's on-track schedule will be a busy one. The Zombie Auto 125 will follow the XFINITY race and is expected to start around 4 p.m.

  • Larry Hoffman