BLOG: Food City 500, Day 2 - Manic Monday

during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 15, 2018 in Bristol, Tennessee.

3:02 p.m.

The last blog post of the day. We'll see you in Victory Lane!

It's been classic bump-and-run racing and a lot of lead changes at the World's Fastest Half Mile in the Food City 500. Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Bubba Wallace have all been up front on Monday.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. spun out on Sunday and look like a miserable weekend. But his car came back and is now in the top 5.


1:54 p.m.

If that's all the racing we get today, then we got vintage Bristol.

Brad Keselowski used the bump-and-run to scoot Kyle Larson out of the way with 12 laps to go and goes on to win Stage 2 of the Food City 500.

2. Kyle Busch

3. Jimmie Johnson

4. Denny Hamilin

5. Kyle Larson


12:45 p.m.

A passing, brief shower has brought the jet dryers back onto the track at Bristol Motor Speedway, so that could impact a scheduled 1 p.m. resumption of the Food City 500.

Teams had already uncovered their cars to begin prep work when the shower came through.


12:15 p.m.

The weather in Bristol, Tennessee in the springtime can be just like the race track that made their race track internationally known- temperamental.

People with visible sunburns from a "chamber of commerce" Friday and Saturday could be seen walking the Bristol Motor Speedway campus bundled up like arctic explorers for a special Monday afternoon of racing with the Food City 500.

Temperatures in the 80s are gone. Wind chills in the 30s have taken their place. Not necessarily the conditions to "play hooky" but Food City and BMS officials are allowing all Bristol, TN and Sullivan County school students in the gates free. Some student groups actually work on the grounds during race activities and local officials do not want to risk having the local highways turn into a traffic jam with race traffic and school egress.

Monster Energy Series drivers were stopping and going like California highway traffic until rain set in Sunday and washed out the remainder of racing Sunday with 204 laps complete and Ganassi Racing's Kyle Larson holding the lead.

Coverage of the remainder of the Food City 500 can be seen on our sister station FOX Tri Cities 39 WEMT.

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