Dale Earnhardt Jr. is OK after a wreck that ended his day after 251 laps at Bristol. Earnhardt: "We broke something in the oil system under caution. ... I went into Turn 1 on the restart and the car went straight into the wall with the oil all over the tires."
Martin Truex Jr. won the second stage at Bristol. Kyle Larson, who led the first 125 laps, dropped to seventh in the next 125 laps as his car was too tight to perform well in the lower groove. There are 250 laps left in the race.
Kyle Larson led every lap of the 125-lap first stage Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway. It wasn't a huge surprise. Larson likes to run a higher lane than others and is able to weave his way through traffic.
The NASCAR Cup race, postponed Sunday because of heavy rain, has started at Bristol Motor Speedway. Conditions likely will change throughout the race as drivers put more rubber in the upper groove. The lower groove likely will be faster early thanks to a traction compound applied earlier today.
Kyle Busch has a record 17 national series victories at Bristol Motor Speedway, including five in the NASCAR Cup Series. But he has crashed out of three of the last four Bristol events. In his last 10 Cup starts at Bristol, he has one top-5 and an average finish of 21.5 – even though he has led 581 laps. He is auctioning off his helmet from today for his foundation's effort to help families afford fertility procedures.
The NASCAR Cup race is getting ready to go green at 1:07 p.m. today. It has not rained at Bristol Motor Speedway since early this morning and drivers are hopeful to get the full 500 laps in today after rain washed out the event Sunday.
Kyle Larson, the NASCAR Cup points leader, will lead the field to green today from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway. He doesn't think the one-day delay because of rain should impact the race significantly. Larson: "Our car was good in practice and I don't think the track will be too different. We should be all right."
Because the NASCAR Cup cars completed prerace technical inspection Sunday, they sit pretty much untouched at Bristol Motor Speedway. Teams can swap out radios and plug in generators to heat fluids but not much else prior to the race, rescheduled because of Sunday rain to this afternoon.
Bristol Motor Speedway is adding traction compound to the lower groove for the race today. The resin will increase grip for the NASCAR Cup race, rescheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET today after heavy rains Sunday. The question will be whether it will be faster than the upper groove -- and how much the grooves will change throughout the 500-lap event.
The Penske final appeal to penalties from the March 19 Phoenix race has been moved from Tuesday morning to Wednesday night. Crew chief Paul Wolfe faces a two-race suspension (he has served one race of the original three-race suspension) as part of the penalty while Brad Keselowski has had 35 points deducted for his fifth-place car having too much rear skew postrace.
The squeaky wheel finding its groove: Track officials are running a machine that grinds tire rubber into the track this morning at Bristol Motor Speedway. They are attempting to make the bottom lane the preferred lane at Bristol or at least as good as the top lane. The race, rescheduled from Sunday because of rain, is set for a 1:07 p.m. ET green flag today.
Bristol needed a good race and it got rain
Having Sunday's race postponed to Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway certainly isn't the end of the world, but it's not what the track needed to revive its troubled spring race.
NASCAR Cup race postponed to Monday at 1 ET
The NASCAR Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway has been postponed from Sunday afternoon to Monday due to rain.
Rain has postponed the NASCAR Cup race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway to 1 p.m. ET Monday. With a forecast of rain throughout the day, NASCAR decided to make the decision more than two hours before the scheduled start of the race, telling the drivers at their prerace meeting that they won't try to wait it out. NASCAR would need at least a three-hour window – and possibly more thanks to cool temperatures and the heavy rains – to dry the track and get at least 250 laps of the 500 scheduled completed for an official race. The forecast is for a 30 to 50 percent chance of rain throughout Monday afternoon.
The crew of Kyle Larson pushes the car toward the inspection area Sunday at rainy Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR will tech all the Cup cars today even if it has to postpone the race, scheduled for this afternoon but in jeopardy of being postponed with a forecast of rain throughout the day. NASCAR would start the race at 1 p.m. ET Monday if it gets postponed.
Hard at work: NASCAR Cup teams are getting cars prepared for the scheduled race today at Bristol Motor Speedway. The AccuWeather forecast predicts rain throughout the day. NASCAR likely would need at least three hours of dry weather to get the track dry and complete the second stage (Lap 250 of scheduled 500) for an official race. Green flag is scheduled for 2:13 p.m. Eastern.
Clements punched in face by Chastain at Bristol
Jeremy Clements and Ross Chastain were involved in a confrontation during a red-flag period Saturday at Bristol that left Clements with a swollen eye.
After finishing second in the Xfinity Series race, Ryan Blaney shares his thoughts about the track conditions and the traction compound Bristol Motor Speedway has put in the lower groove. NASCAR has not decided whether to add more of the resin-type substance to the track prior to the Cup race scheduled for Sunday.
Kyle Busch led the final NASCAR Cup series practice Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne and Daniel Suarez were tied for second on the speed chart, followed by Chase Elliott. All four of those drivers are looking for their first Cup win of the season.
Juan Pablo Montoya says there is no reason Fernando Alonso shouldn't run well in the Indy 500, which will be the Formula 1 driver's first IndyCar race and first on an oval. The two-time Indy 500 winner Montoya competed in Formula 1 from 2001-06.
Change in plans: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. looks at the damage on his primary car, which his team will fix so he can keep his starting position (19th) for the NASCAR Cup race scheduled for Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Stenhouse hit the wall during practice Saturday morning and it is possible that rain later this morning would wipe out the final practice where he could have worked on the handling of his backup car.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will go to a backup car and start at the rear of the field for the NASCAR Cup race scheduled for Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. He slapped the wall and damaged the right rear of his primary car in practice Saturday.
Kyle Larson isn't too big of a fan of the width of the adhesive substance (referred to as VHT) that Bristol Motor Speedway officials have put down in the lower groove. He feels they almost gave the drivers too much grip. Larson, on the pole for the race Sunday as the field was set by the standings because of rain Friday, explains what he felt during practice:
On the job: Brad Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe stands atop the hauler overseeing NASCAR Cup practice for the Team Penske No. 2 car Friday at Bristol. Wolfe could miss the next two races -- Richmond and Talladega -- if the team loses its final appeal Tuesday for penalties issued from the March 19 race at Phoenix and Wolfe's three-race suspension (he already has missed one race) is upheld.
Monster Energy motocross rider Alex Harvill will attempt a world-record motorcycle jump in the middle of the Talladega Superspeedway infield prior to the NASCAR Cup race May 7. He is expected to reach a top speed of 105 mph in attempting the more than 426-foot jump. The takeoff ramp will be 88 feet long and 14 feet high as he hopes to launch over a 400-foot gap before landing on the 30-foot-high, 30-foot-wide, 100-foot-long ramp.
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