Bristol Cup race will be postponed due to heavy rain

Persistent heavy rain finally won the day at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, postponing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race until Monday afternoon.

Bristol Cup race will be postponed due to heavy rain

The Food City 500 is now scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET start Monday and will be televised live on Fox.

Bad weather has plagued much of the Bristol race weekend, with qualifying canceled on Friday and delays in Saturday’s Xfinity and K&N Pro Series East races.

Series points leader Kyle Larson will start from the pole when the race is run – it’s the third time this season he’s started from the pole and twice due to qualifying rainouts.

Bristol has traditionally not been one of Larson’s best tracks. He has two top-10 finishes in six starts and an average finish of 21.5.

“It’s nice to be the point leader and be starting up front here at Bristol. I always race really well here. I just don’t qualify well,” Larson said.

“It will be cool to start from the front and hopefully, like I said, hopefully that No. 1 pit stall kind of helps us gain some spots on pit road and have a clean race.”

The rest of the top-10 starters: Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick, who won the most recent race at Bristol last August.

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