Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Rain postpones Food City 500 finale until Monday

Rain postpones Food City 500 finale until Monday

Interestingly, this week's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series venue, Bristol Motor Speedway, is a place that Busch and Harvick have NEVER finished first and second together in a race.

Once the race was halted on lap 204, just 46 laps from it becoming official Larson directed 74 laps.

The start of the race was delayed about 30 minutes and brought out four red flags (three for weather). After the scheduled 500-lap race had been stopped three times because of rain showers, NASCAR postponed the remainder of the event until Monday at 1 p.m. ET (Fox). Larson did lead the most laps at Bristol past year in the spring and finished ninth in the summer. Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 vehicle will start 3rd, Ricky Stenhouse the No. 17 auto will start 4th and Ryan Blaney in the No. 12 vehicle rounds out the top five.

Average number of cars to finish on the lead lap through seven MENCS races this season.

One driver Larson won't have to worry about is Ryan Blaney, who appeared to be one of the top contenders as he led 100 of the first 118 laps before an accident in which two slower cars wrecked in front of him and he crashed into them. Several other top drivers, including Martin Truex Jr., have also been involved in incidents in the first half of the race. Sure, Chase Elliott may have earned his second L1 penalty of the season, but it wasn't enough to nudge other main topics off the front pages.

The Bristol forecast had a 90 percent chance of rain which forced the start time change but rain and thunderstorms are supposed to continue into the night with a 60 percent chance.

It's been a Monster-ous week for NASCAR after announcing their title sponsor has signed a one-year extension to remain through the 2019 season.

However, it remains unclear if the rain will hold off long enough to get the race in. Last year's champion, Jimmie Johnson, sits within striking distance in eighth.

According to the latest oddsmakers at YouWager, Kyle Busch is the favorite in this race, as he is getting 3/1 odds to win.

However, the forecast still calls for steady rain through Monday morning.

Kyle Busch has had a lot of success at Bristol. He is currently on a nice run right now, finishing in the top 3 in five straight races.

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