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Food City 500 resumes after rain delay


The Food City 500 has resumed after a delay for rain that began Sunday afternoon.

The race resumed on Lap 205 and went back to green on Lap 217 at 1:43 p.m. ET  with Kyle Larson leading over Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Paul Menard.

The stage ends on Lap 250.

The race is airing on Fox.

It was set to resume at 1 p.m. ET, but lingering rain delayed the restart of engines to 1:30 p.m. Cars rolled off pit road at 1:33 p.m. ET.


Goodyear tire test at Michigan rescheduled due to weather

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The postponed Food City 500 and a wet and cold forecast has forced Goodyear to reschedule this week’s tire test at Michigan International Speedway.

Originally scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, the test will now occur next week from April 24-25.

The move means that a scheduled tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for those days will be rescheduled to an undetermined date.

The Michigan test takes priority with the first NASCAR race weekend at the 2-mile speedway scheduled for June 8-10. NASCAR won’t visit IMS until Sept. 7-9.

“Hopefully, this will give us much more representative conditions of what to expect for race time in June,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing, in a press release. “Since our Indy tire test was planned for this time, we’ll have to move that test to sometime in June or July.”

Teams and drivers scheduled to test at Michigan are Furniture Row Racing (Martin Truex Jr.), Hendrick Motorsports (Alex Bowman), Team Penske (Brad Keselowski), Richard Childress Racing (Austin Dillon) and Stewart-Haas Racing (Aric Almirola).

Indianapolis test teams include Chip Ganassi Racing (Jamie McMurray), Joe Gibbs Racing (Daniel Suarez), Roush Fenway Racing (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) and Wood Brothers Racing (Paul Menard).

Cup race at Bristol postponed until 1 p.m. ET on Monday

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – NASCAR announced that the Food City 500 has been postponed to Monday. The race is scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. ET.

The race will air on Fox.

The forecast calls for a high of 39 degrees and an eight percent chance of rain at 1 p.m. ET. The chance of rain decreases afterward.

The garage will open at 10 a.m. ET. Spectator gates will open at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The race was stopped for the third time by rain after Lap 204 of 500. Kyle Larson leads. Denny Hamlin is second and is followed by Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Joey Logano is sixth, Daniel Suarez seventh, Jimmie Johnson eighth, Kevin Harvick ninth and Austin Dillon 10th.

A forecast of rain the rest of the night left NASCAR with little choice but to postpone the race.

The three red flags for rain stopped the race for a total of 58 minutes, 48 seconds.

Five cars have been eliminated. Ryan Blaney, who led 100 of the opening 117 laps, saw his race end when he was collected in a six-car crash.

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Food City 500 under red flag for rain for third time

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The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is under its fourth red flag and its third for rain on Lap 204.

The race would be official at the end of Stage 2 on Lap 250.

Kyle Larson leads the race. The top 10 is Larson, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon.

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Food City 500 resumes after second red flag for rain

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The Food City 500 is back under way after its second red flag for rain. The red flag was displayed for 26 minutes and 54 seconds.

165 laps have been completed in the race at Bristol Motor Speedway with 40 laps completed in Stage 2.

There are 85 laps left in the stage. The race would be official if it reaches the end of Stage 2 on Lap 250.

The top 10 through 165 laps is Kyle Larson, Erik Jones, Alex Bowman, Paul Menard, Joey Logano, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.

There have been seven cautions in the race. The first red flag period for rain lasted 25 minutes and 25 seconds.

One caution was for a crash that eliminated Ryan Blaney while he was leading on Lap 118.