Monster Energy Series Bristol race postponed

Justin Greene
April 24, 2017

However, two of those (Martinsville Speedway and Bristol) were because of weather.

What was supposed to be a Sunday afternoon Monster Energy Cup Series race will now be on Monday, as heavy rain left NASCAR officials with little recourse but to postpone the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"I'm going to be the first one to fight and to wait it out, and we demonstrated that over the years - we had some late nights here", BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell said. Daniel Suarez, Elliott Sadler and rookie Daniel Hemric also finished in the top five. "I feel as though we're competitive and we're close, but we're not there". But other than that, getting the speeding penalty, I didn't really think we had any shot of winning.

The same storm raising concerns for flooding in the southern Appalachians and severe weather from SC to Georgia caused rain to fall persistently in Bristol on Sunday morning. He garnered the top starting point as a result of rain forcing the cancellation of qualifying on Friday and the starting grid being set by vehicle owner points.

Kyle Larson started from the pole, won the first stage under caution and his 180 laps led were the most of any driver. It is the third time he has started on the pole this season. If only one lane works, it could turn into a throwback Bristol race in which bumping is the only way to pass a vehicle. I can promise if you win the race you'll definitely win the Dash 4 Cash. "I didn't know whether we had a winning auto or not. That happened before and I said right then I wouldn't let it happen again". Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski will start on row two with Joey Logano (a former Bristol winner) and Ryan Blaney making up row three. "Bristol, this is one of my best wheelhouses and I really enjoy coming here". That is important to be the point leader. "I just turned around and saw who it was".

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