Monday’s resumption of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 has been delayed by inclement weather at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Just 204 of the scheduled 500 laps were completed Sunday afternoon before rain bumped the remainder to a 1 p.m. ET start (FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) Monday. But rain mixed with wintry precipitation late in the morning, plus a cloudburst just 20 minutes before the scheduled restart, have placed the race’s resumption on hold.
Kyle Larson will be scored as the leader when the race resumes with 46 laps remaining in the second stage. Larson led 74 laps and had stretched out a significant advantage when rain stopped the event. Four red flags slowed Sunday’s action — three for weather, one for crash clean-up.
NASCAR officials announced Monday morning that the track would attempt to re-apply a light coat of PJ1 traction compound if time and weather conditions allowed. Teams also were granted the option for an extra set of new or scuffed tires for the remainder of the event.
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NASCAR has an allotment of eight Air Titan dryers, five jet dryers (three side-draft and two down-draft), two track vacuums, one Elgin sweeper and one tractor broom to prepare the .533-mile track.