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Start of Food City 300 delayed by rain

August 22, 2014, Staff report,

Green flag for 300-lap event was set to go at 7:44 p.m. ET

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The start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway was delayed by rain and did not get underway until 8:51 p.m. ET.

A quick storm hit the track as driver introductions were wrapping up. The green flag for the 300-lap event had been set to drop at 7:44 p.m. ET.

As a result of the rain, a competition caution was slated on or about Lap 60 of the Food City 300.


Air Titans were quickly sent out on the track to begin drying the track. The rain itself did not last too long but covered the track enough for a delay to occur.

Rain delayed the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 earlier in the week. The race was initially set for Wednesday night but rain pushed it to Thursday morning.

Kyle Busch is on the pole for the race. Busch has had plenty of success at the 0.533-mile track. He has seven career wins at Thunder Valley.

Ryan Blaney will start on the front row with Busch. Blaney finished fourth in the spring race at Bristol.

Points leader Chase Elliott will start fourth in the race. He holds a 10-point advantage over his JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith in the point standings.

The Food City 300 is the 23rd event of 33 in the Nationwide Series.


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