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Rainy days at Bristol Motor Speedway

Start time for Bristol Night Race moved one hour earlier because of forecast

NASCAR and track officials have moved up the start time for Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway to 6:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) because of the potential for inclement weather.

Race officials also moved up the start time for Friday night’s Food City 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) by 15 minutes. That event’s start time is now set for 7:15 p.m. ET.

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Saturday evening’s Bristol Night Race originally was scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. ET. That start time — and all pre-race ceremonies — have been moved up to one hour earlier.

Officials reached the decision to adjust the weekend schedule on Friday morning, faced with a chance of precipitation for the next two nights of racing at the .533-mile track.

Saturday’s race under the lights is the 24th of 26 regular-season races in the Monster Energy Series.