Food City 500 coverage: Rain, rain go away

NASCAR brings out a pack of Air Titans to get Bristol Motor Speedway's concrete ready for racing Sunday afternoon. (WCYB Digital)

UPDATE, 4:09 P.M.

Rain is keeping NASCAR's best drivers in check on Sunday. The fourth red flag of the day has been displayed from the flag stand.

The Food City 500 is currently in Stage 2 with 204 laps complete. NASCAR can call the race when the field reaches lap 250.


UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.

Stage 1 winner is Brad Keselowski but the big story of that first stage is a dominant Ryan Blaney being taken out in crash after leading 99 laps. Just one stoppage in the race so far for rain.


UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.

After running 37 laps, and 10 of those under caution, we are under a rain delay at Bristol Motor Speedway. Track drying teams are back out on the straightaways and high banks.


UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.

Cars are on the tracks after an awesome job by the Air Titan crew in drying the track. The Food City 500 is currently 30 minutes behind schedule but track officials plan to get as many laps in as possible before another rain system is forecast to come into Thunder Valley.


UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.

From the staff at Bristol Motor Speedway-

National Anthem and prayer: 1:15 p.m.

Start of the Food City 500: 1:22 p.m.


Pre race festivities are being moved atop Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway. It might be the only dry spot in the infield right now.

Soggy, soaking rain has pushed festivities and the start time of the Food City 500 back but track officials are waiting to see how long the track drying process will take. Two squadrons of Air Titan systems are combing the straightaways and high banks trying to get Sunday morning's moisture from the World's Fastest Half Mile.

Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch is on the pole.

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