BRISTOL, Tenn. — The wet weather has returned to Bristol Motor Speedway, leading to the 3rd rain delay in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500.
NASCAR officials threw the 3rd red flag for rain (plus one to clean up a crash) at 4: 07 p. m. ET Sunday with 204 of a scheduled 500 laps completed. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson was leading Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin when the rain returned in the middle of Stage 2 .
A race becomes official at the finish of Stage 2 at 250 laps.
The race, initially scheduled for 2: 08 p. m. ET, was moved up one hour on Saturday by NASCAR, but the event didn’t officially get underway until shortly after 1: 30 p. m. Morning rain soaked the track, but track drying left the surface open to a race start.
NASCAR officials displayed the second red flag at 3: 25 p. m. with 165 of a scheduled 500 laps completed. That delay lasted twenty-seven minutes before drivers came back to the track under caution, and the eco-friendly flag dropped at 3: 55 p. m. on Lap 169 with Larson and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones on the front row.
The first red flag for weather came on Lap 49 when light rain strike the track, and the race resumed on Panel 59 after a brief delay.
Ryan Blaney was leading the race when the very first red flag was displayed, but his day came to conclusion soon before the conclusion of Stage 1 when the Team Penske driver was caught in a multi-car crash while pacing the field. Blaney led 100 zone.
Kyle Busch, who received the most recent competition at the 0. 533-mile track in August and has six career Cup Collection wins at Bristol, began on the pole.
Rainfall was forecasted for nearly all of the day and night at Bristol.