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Rain Postpones Bristol Cup Race

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, August 21 2016
The Sprint Cup race at Bristol was stopped and postponed by rain on Saturday night. It will be run on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo)

The Sprint Cup race at Bristol was stopped and postponed by rain on Saturday night. It will be run on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo)

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Continuous rain Saturday evening at Bristol Motor Speedway forced postponement of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race to Sunday at 1 p.m.

The garage opens at 10:30 a.m. and the grandstands at 11 a.m.

The competitors managed to complete 48 laps of the 500-lap event before rain settled in for the evening. It was the second time in the last three races that rain has forced postponement of a NASCAR Sprint Cup race to the next day.

After 48 laps, Kyle Busch was leading in a Toyota with rookies Chase Elliott second and Ryan Blaney third in a Chevrolet and Ford, respectively. Rounding out the top 10, respectively, were: Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr. and Car Edwards, all in Toyotas; Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet; Joey Logano, Ford; and Kyle Larson, Chevrolet.

At least two competitors are smiling. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Larson both said earlier in the race weekend that they preferred to race in the day.

“I like day racing better just because the tracks seem to be hotter and slicker and the groove gets wider,” Larson said.

Stenhouse added, “Us dirt track guys that grew up switching lanes and just trying to find where our car works best, the day racing provides that for us.”

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, August 21 2016
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