Rain washes out NASCAR race at Bristol until Monday

Heavy rain in northeast Tennessee has caused NASCAR to postpone the running of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway to Monday. Two of those poles have come via qualifying washouts. "Our auto was good in practice and I don't think the track will be too different". "We should be alright".

"Because (track officials were) talking about laying down more VHT and they can't do it while it's wet", this year's Daytona 500 victor said.

That track prep has met with mostly positive reviews from drivers and fans.

"We are close to home so it will be fine", points leader Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing) said Sunday morning.

"I don't know with the stages and all that", he said.

"I'm sure we will all pit probably because it has shown a lot of tire wear on the left side, so I'm sure everybody will pit", Larson said. Fellow young gun Chase Elliott is second, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

FOX will provide live television coverage; radio coverage is on the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR.

In a release on their website, officials say the gates will open at 11:00 a.m., and that Sunday's tickets will be valid for entry.

Rain has been an issue all weekend at Bristol, pausing just long enough on Saturday that the NASCAR XFINITY Series race was held despite gray skies. It will also be interesting to see if NASCAR orders a competition caution early in the race due to the overall lack of practice time the teams have had over the last few days.

The rain continued throughout the night and through the morning, eventually forcing officials to postpone.

  • Larry Hoffman