With the chance of rain at nearly 100 percent throughout the day on Sunday in the Bristol, Ten./Va., area, there’s a good chance the Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway may become a Monday event.
The race is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. With the lights around the race track, NASCAR and track officials plan to work throughout the day to get the race in on Sunday, even possibly running it on Sunday night, weather permitting, but in case that’s not possible, a start time for noon ET Monday has already been set as the rescheduled time.
In making the announcement of the possible Monday race start time, Bristol Motor Speedway released the following statement from track General Manager Jerry Caldwell on Saturday:
“By now nearly everyone has seen Sunday’s weather forecast and expressed questions regarding plans. NASCAR has a nearly 70-year history of working with tracks to get races in on the scheduled date. In Bristol Motor Speedway , we have a track that dries in less than an hour, equipment here to do it and lights that allow us to go well into the evening. We are very hopeful and fully intend to run the Food City 500 tomorrow. If by chance that does not happen, we are prepared to race Monday at noon. But that is a backup plan we hope to not need.”
There is a 50 percent chance of rain on Monday, but according to local weather forecasts, the chances of rain on Monday will decrease throughout the day.