Johnson earns rare win at rain-delayed Bristol
Jimmie Johnson won consecutive races for the 11th time in his career with a Bristol victory that came a day after rain washed out Sunday's scheduled event.
Kyle Busch blasts tires after flats, wreck
Kyle Busch expressed frustration Monday after he twice had flats at Bristol Motor Speedway, the second one ending his day with a crash on Lap 384 of the Food City 500.
Monday Rundown: Daniel Hemric takes next step to the front
Daniel Hemric made his team owner proud and a little extra money for himself at Bristol. Harrison Burton has people talking, as well.
Jimmie Johnson explains why the 82nd win of his NASCAR Cup career meant so much after the victory at Bristol:
Clint Bowyer needed Jimmie Johnson to make a mistake in the closing laps. He didn't expect it to happen and it didn't as Bowyer settled for second at Bristol.
Jimmie Johnson does a burnout as his crew stands on the backstretch wall in celebrating their second win of the 2017 season. The win was Johnson's 82nd of his NASCAR Cup career.
Jimmie Johnson makes it back-to-back wins as he builds on his Texas win earlier this month with the victory Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch wrecked out of the race at Bristol Motor Speedway after 383 laps and a second tire problem of the day. Busch has had tire problems several times this year and did at last August's race at Bristol. Busch said he wouldn't talk to Goodyear about the issue. Busch: "I just really have no idea why the fastest car out there keeps blowing a tire. We were coming through the field twice. If people want to see racing and people coming from the back to the front, you've got to have tires that can last."
Danica Patrick drove her wrecked car back to the garage at Bristol Motor Speedway. She got tagged by David Ragan when Ragan tried to squeeze his car between Patrick's and the car of Ragan teammate Landon Cassill. Patrick likely will finish 36th.
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.
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