Bristol Cup race halted and postponed due to rain

Hugh Fox
April 16, 2018

When the green flag flies on Monday Kyle Larson will have the lead. If you get below it, it's slick. 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).

Denny Hamlin is second after starting 25 and Paul Menard is third after starting seventh. "So, it has been fun, but it really is kind of challenging to imagine at which you have to position your auto for just a small though".

The race was a stop-and-go affair from the start with 10 cautions and four red-flags (three for weather) before finally being halted for good after 204 of the scheduled 500 laps.

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Ryan Blaney appeared to have the vehicle to beat in the early going.

"It's hard to get a rhythm with all the rain and stuff and then getting out of your vehicle and getting back in", the Elk Grove native told The Associated Press.

Ryan Blaney was dominant early in the No. 12 Ford, leading 99 laps of the first 119 laps before getting caught up in wreck that left his auto in shambles.

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Busch was fourth-fastest in Happy Hour, but on his 70th lap of the session, his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford lost traction in Turn 2, spun sideways, slid down the backstretch and nosed into the inside SAFER barrier near the entrance to Turn 3. I think we're getting better in every category.

Brad Keselowski led once for 13 laps to win Stage 1, vaulting to the front when Blaney, his Team Penske teammate, crashed out. "Our McDonald's Chevy is really fast, I would just like to get some racing going, but then again, I feel like I always do better or do worse once the track gets a bunch of rubber on it". With Sunday's persistent rain wiping off some of the track grip, Larson anticipates that more drivers will experiment with different lanes today. "We were all just getting ready to move up to the top". Even though prediction calls for a lot more rain and snow NASCAR hopes to finish all staying 296 laps. You kind of just wait until you get to traffic, and then you can move up, and everybody's momentum is bogged down [on the bottom].

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