Rain forces postponement of NASCAR's Food City 500 to Monday

Food City President and CEO Steve Smith left holds the trophy with race winner Kyle Busch after the NASCAR Cup Series race on Monday in Bristol Tenn

Food City President and CEO Steve Smith left holds the trophy with race winner Kyle Busch after the NASCAR Cup Series race on Monday in Bristol Tenn

Before officially postponing the race having a prediction of rain for the remainder of Sunday night time NASCAR waited about a hour or so.

But this band of rain appears as though it may last quite a long time based on the radar.

Ryan Blaney was dominant early in the No. 12 Ford, leading 99 laps of the first 119 laps before getting caught up in wreck that left his vehicle in shambles.

Brad Keselowski was the victor of stage one, as he stayed out as the majority of the field opted to pit.

There was an early wreck on the third lap. Kevin Harvick, who had to go to a backup vehicle after crashing in opening practice on Friday, struggled through two practice sessions on Saturday, running 16th in the morning and 24th in Happy Hour.

Ross Chastain took the brunt of the damage, but the crash also resulted in damage for eight other cars including Michael McDowell's and Chase Elliott's. He has continued to drive the damaged vehicle and is positioned in 29th place, five laps down. "I think he looked at that [six]-race stretch and his average finish was like the second- or third-best in the Cup Series during that".

It proved accurate as the event at the half-mile Tennessee track was paused three times due to rain.

"The lap times were really good in the auto and then, boom, there's just no forgiveness right now with how many variables there are".

Kyle Busch has the pole and is looking for his second straight Cup Series victory.

With damage too severe to fix, Busch will be forced to start Sunday's race in a backup vehicle. Last year's champion, Jimmie Johnson, sits within striking distance in eighth.

NASCAR is hoping the Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be run on Sunday despite a wet forecast. Updates with driver introductions pushed back as track is attempted to be dried.

Rain is still likely at Bristol on Monday morning, but should taper off in the afternoon, according to the Weather Underground website.

The Weather Channel forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of precipitation and a high of 42 degrees Monday.

Motion is planned to resume Monday at inch p.m.

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