NASCAR Cup: Bristol race postponed until Sunday
Chase Elliott (24), Kyle Busch (18), and Denny Hamlin (11) in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 20, 2016.
By AMANDA VINCENT
The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway has been postponed until 1 p.m. ET Sunday after the completion of 49 of the 500-lap scheduled distance. The race will be shown live on CNBC.
Kyle Busch will restart the race as the leader and will have series rookie Chase Elliott alongside on the front row. Another rookie, Ryan Blaney, will restart third. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth also will restart in the top-five.
“We haven’t really even got going, so I think until we get some laps and get racing, it is really kind of hard to say how it’s going to go,” Elliott said. “I’m looking forward the NAPA Auto Parts team getting back going tomorrow.”
The start of the race was delayed by 50 minutes for rain and lightning. When the race got underway, 31 laps were completed before the yellow flag was waved for rain. The red flag was displayed, stopping the race after the completion of lap 38.
After an hour and 24 minutes, cars returned to the track under caution to assist with track-drying efforts, but by lap 49, rain returned, and so did the red flag.
Carl Edwards started on the pole, but lost the lead to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate and fellow front-row starter Denny Hamlin on the first laps. Elliott took the lead on lap eight, but a few laps later, he gave way to Busch.