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Cup Race at Bristol Postponed to Monday After 204 Laps

After 204 of 500 laps, the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway has been postponed until Monday at 1 p.m. eastern time. Kyle Larson currently leads and Brad Keselowski won the first stage. The race has already seen eight cautions, including four red flags, three for rain and one for a wreck.

When the green flag flew for the initial start, Kyle Busch jumped to a half-second lead in a lap. A wreck erupted early as Michael McDowell spun, collecting Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and David Ragan. On the lap 10 restart, Kyle Busch grabbed the lead once again. On lap 17, Ryan Blaney took the lead, and the next lap, AJ Allmendinger looped it around, bringing out the second caution of the day.

The race restarted on lap 23, and Ryan Blaney jumped to a decent lead. The caution flew on lap 47 for rain. That yellow flag quickly turned red as the rain picked up. The red flag lasted 25 minutes, and then the cars were rolling once again.

When the race went green on lap 60, Ryan Blaney again stretched out a lead, but Erik Jones got into Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and spun him. Chris Buescher also spun. The race got back going on lap 68, and Blaney jumped away, followed by his three Penske teammates. As the laps ticked away in stage one, Trevor Bayne and Chris Buescher got together in front of leader Ryan Blaney, collecting Blaney, Jamie McMurray, and Harrison Rhodes. Blaney, Rhodes, and Buescher would be eliminated due to the wreck. The red flag came out, lasting for six minutes.

Brad Keselowski led as the field restarted for a one-lap shootout to end stage one. Keselowski was able to hold off the field to win the stage.

On the restart, Kyle Larson jumped to the lead using strategy. A handful of laps later, Trevor Bayne spun and made contact with the outside wall, bringing out the caution with fewer than 100 laps remaining in stage two. Under that caution, rain picked up and brought the red flag out once again for another 25 minutes.

The race restarted with 81 to go in stage two, and Larson jumped away, with Paul Menard advancing to second. With just over 60 laps left in stage two, Kurt Busch was forced to pit for a loose wheel. With 48 laps left in stage two, the caution came out once again for rain. This would be the one to end it, as NASCAR called the race for rain. It will get back underway on Monday at 1 p.m. eastern time.

Here is the current running order for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway after 204 of 500 laps:

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Paul Menard
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Daniel Suarez
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Kevin Harvick
  10. Austin Dillon
  11. Kasey Kahne
  12. Alex Bowman
  13. Ryan Newman
  14. Brad Keselowski
  15. William Byron
  16. Clint Bowyer
  17. Aric Almirola
  18. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  19. AJ Allmendinger
  20. Erik Jones
  21. David Ragan
  22. Jamie McMurray
  23. Landon Cassill
  24. Matt DiBenedetto
  25. Trevor Bayne
  26. Kurt Busch
  27. Corey LaJoie
  28. Reed Sorenson
  29. Martin Truex Jr.
  30. DJ Kennington
  31. Chad Finchum
  32. Ty Dillon
  33. Chase Elliott
  34. Gray Gaulding
  35. Ryan Blaney
  36. Chris Buescher
  37. Harrison Rhodes
  38. Michael McDowell
  39. Ross Chastain

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