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TODAY IS Thursday April 26th
Rain postpones NASCAR's Food City 500 to Monday
Monday Apr 16, 2018 12:00am

(BRISTOL, TN) – Kyle Larson is leading the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but he'll have to wait a day to see if he can win it. Steady rain forced NASCAR to suspend the Food City 500 on Lap 205 of the 500-lap race on Sunday. NASCAR plans to resume the race at 1 PM Monday. AccuWeather predicts temperatures in the low-40s with a 40 percent chance of rain into the early afternoon. With Bristol in the mountains, some snow flurries aren't out of the question. That means different conditions than the humid, 60-degree weather Sunday. Larson, who has led 74 laps, said his car should still handle well. It was a little bit of a surprise that NASCAR got any of the race in Sunday amid the rain. There were three red flags, two for rain for a total of 52 minutes and one for an accident, before the race was finally stopped for good. NASCAR made the decision at about 5 PM to not try to fit in the remainder of the race. It needed to get to Lap 250 (the end of stage 2) for it to count as an official race, but there were no clear indications that they could get in those 46 laps, let alone the race to its scheduled completion. Larson has a good car, but the race could take a different dynamic with drivers likely knowing that they are racing to the completion of 500 laps instead of potentially 250. Denny Hamlin is second with Paul Menard third, Kyle Busch fourth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. fifth. Larson said he's "feeling good about it" and expects the leaders to need to use the upper groove more Monday.

(photo courtesy of Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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