UPDATE: The Cup and Truck races have been postponed to Monday. Details can be found here.
NASCAR returns to its roots Sunday with its first race on dirt for the Cup Series since 1970.
Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell are viewed as the favorites because of their dirt experience, but the key could be just to survive the 250 laps. For Larson, he’ll have to start at the rear after an engine change.
Friday’s practices helped teams but many unknowns remain, including who will be the driver to win the first Cup dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Details for Sunday’s Bristol Cup race on dirt
(All times are Eastern)
START: The command to start engines will be given at 3:54 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 4 p.m.
PRERACE: Garage opens at 9 a.m. … Drivers report to their vehicles at 3:20 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 3:25 p.m. … Mike Rife of Vansant (Virginia) Church of Christ will give the invocation at 3:46 p.m. … The national anthem performed by Randy Houser at 3:47 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 250 laps (125 miles) on the 1/2-mile dirt track.
COMPETITION CAUTIONS: Lap 50 and Lap 150
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 100. Stage 2 ends at Lap 200.
TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. … Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and also will stream at goprn.com; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for a high of 57 degrees and a 71% chance of rain at race start.
TO THE REAR: Kyle Larson (engine change).
STARTING LINEUP: Bristol Cup dirt race starting lineup
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