The Monster Energy Cup Series leaves the big state of Texas and the mile and a half track of Texas Motor Speedway and come to Thunder Valley and the fast half mile track of Bristol for the Food City 500.

Current FOX broadcaster and former driver Darrell Waltrip has the records for the most consecutive wins at Bristol with seven in a row – for three and a half years DW was the only driver to win in Thunder Valley.

After crashing during practice, Kevin Harvick has to go to a backup car and will have to start the race at the back of the field. With 39 teams at the track, all drivers are guaranteed a starting spot as a result, Kevin Harvick’s team has decided not to make a qualifying run but to concentrate on getting their backup car ready for Saturday practice and the race on Sunday.

Nearly five minutes of the 15 minute round one of qualifyng was gone before the first driver – Gray Gaulding – put his car out on the track for a qualifying run.

After three rounds of qualifying the Busch brothers make it the third time that they will share the front row with Kyle taking the pole. Kyle beatu out brother Kurt by two thousandths of a second for the top spot.

The starting lineup for the Food City 500:

Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch – moved t the back of the field in a backup car after crashing in final practice
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Paul Menard
Alex Bowman
Michae McDowell
Joey Logano
William Byron
Daniel Suarez
Erik Jones
Clint Bowyer
Kasey Kahne
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson -moved to the back of the field for an unapproved tire change
AJ Allmendinger
Aric Almirola
Darrell Wallace Jr
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
David Ragan
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Newman
Jamie McMurray
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Ross Chastain
Gray Gaulding
Landon Cassill
Ty Dillon
Trevor Bayne
Corey LaJoie
D.J. Kennington
Reed Sorenson
Harrison Rhodes
Chad Finchum
Kevin Harvick – did not make a qualifying run

Stages one and two of the race will be 125 laps long with stage three lasting 250 laps.

Due to the rain, NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 45. Drivers may stop on pit road for repairs or tires but may not fuel their cars until the competition caution.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front of the field for the lead of the race with a big lead.

Lap four the first caution flag of the race comes out for a wreck involving Chase Elliott, Michael McDowell, and Martin Truex Jr. Daniel Suarez got turned around and caught up the other drivers. Aric Almirola, David Raga and D.J. Kennington were also involved in the crash.

Maritn Truex Jr reports that his steering is pushed way to the right but is planning to soldier on.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 10 from the outside lane and holds on to the lead of the race.

Lap 12 the top five are Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Joey Logano, and Paul Menard.

Lap 16 Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Ryan Blaney in second.

Lap 17 Ryan Blaney passes Kyle Busch for the lead of the race.

Michael McDowell is out of the race. Ross Chastain is also off the track.

Lap 18 the second caution flag of the race comes out when AJ Allmendinger spins out after making contact with Jamie McMurray.

Martin Truex Jr’s team was charged with having too many crew members over the pit wall.

Canadian driver D.J. Kennington has the logo for the Humboldt Broncos on the hood of his car in memory of the team members lost after a crash with the team bus and a tractor trailer.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 23 with Joey Logano is second.

Lap 26 Ryan Blaney has a lead of under half a second over Joey Logano with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in third, Kyle Busch in fourth.

Lap 32 Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in third, Kyle Larson in fourth and William Byron in fifth. Pole sitter Kyle Busch has dropped to tenth place.

NASCAR has moved the competition caution to lap 50 after the early caution flags for wrecks.

Lap 39 Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano with Ricky Stenhouse in third, Kyle Larson in fourth, and Brad Keselowski in fifth.

Jimmie Johnson is reporting a possible flat tire.

Lap 45 NASCAR put out the caution flag for rain.

After 49 complete laps, NASCAR has put out the red flag and stopped the race for the rain.

Jamie McMurray is the last car on the lead lap in 30th place. Ross Chastain and Michael McDowell are out of the race.

After a delay of about 25 minutes, NASCAR has called the drivers back to their cars.

Once the drivers return to the track, NASCAR has announced that this will serve as the competition caution.

Under red flag conditions team are not allowed to work on the cars – they cannot even touch the cars other than put the car cover on. NASCAR is holding Chase Elliott one lap because his team was caught working on the car during the red flag.

The cars have returned to the track but pit road is not yet open on lap 51.

Once pit road opens, the drivers brng their cars down for service.

Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road.

Alex owman’s team is charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Ryan Newman was caugh speeding on pit road.

Joey Logano had an extended pit stop and lost several positions.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 60 and holds on to the lead with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in second, Erik Jones in third.

The caution flag comes out on lap 61 when Erik Jones got loose and catches up several drivers. Ricky Stenhouse Jr got spun around.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 68 and holds on to the lead with Joey Logano in second.

Lap 69 the top five are Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, and Erik Jones. After starting at the back of the field Kurth Busch is in the top 10 in sixth place.

Lap 76 Ryan Blaney as a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano with Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, and Erik Jones rounding out the top five.

Lap 81 Ryan Blaney’s lead is now over a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 84 Ryan Blaney ahs increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Joey Logano with Brad Keselowski in third, Paul Menard in fourth, and Erik Jones in fifth.

Lap 94 Ryan Blaney continues to lead the pack with Brad Keselowski in second, Joey Logano in third, Paul Menard in fourth, and Erik Jones in fifth.

Lap 97 Ryan Blaney’s lead is over two and a half seconds on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 100 Ryan Blaney’s lead is down to under a second and a half on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Paul Menard, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 103, lead Ryan Blaney has encountered slow traffic.

FOX broadcaster report the that “sticky stuff” compound is wearing off.

Lap 107 Ryan Blaney has a lead of a little over a second on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Larson in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth.

Lap 109 Ryan Blaney’s lead is now under a second on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 113 there are 26 cars on the lead lap. Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race.

Lap 115 Brad Keselowski has chosed to within half a second on leader Ryan Blaney.

Lap 127 the caution comes out for a big crash; leader Ryan Blaney, Harrison Rhodes, Trevor Bayne, Jamie McMurray, and Chris Buescher were all involved in the crash.

NASCAR has again put out the red flag, this time to clean up the track after the wreck.

After clearing the track and a red flag of six minutes, the cars are again moving under the caution flag but pit road remains closed.

Once pit road opens, the drivers are not waiting until the end of the stage to make pit stops and bring their cars down for some fresh tires.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road but leader Brad Keselowski is one of six drivers who stayed out on the track.

With only one lap remaining in stage one, Brad Keselowski brings the field down for a one lap sprint to the end of stage one. Keselowski holds on to his lead over Ryan Newman.

Brad Keselowski wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Newman
Clint Bowyer
AJ Allmendinger
Kyle Larson
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

The drivrs who stayed out during the caution flag have pitted at the end of the stage. Lyle Larson becomes the new leader.

Ricky Stenhouse’s team was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road. Jamie McMurray had too many crew members over the pit wall.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 135 and jumps out in front of Erik Jones for the lead of the race with Kurt Busch on his bumper.

Lap 137 the top five are Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, and Paul Menard.

Chad Finchium gets turned around and on to the apron but the track stays green.

Lap 141 Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Kurt Busch with Erik Jones in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Paul Menard in fifth.

Lap 145, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over half a second on Kurt Busch.

FOX reports sprinkles on the camera lenses.

Lap 148 Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second on Kurt Busch with Jimmie Johnson in third, Erik Jones in fourth, and Paul Menard in fifth.

Lap 152 there are 25 cars on the lead lap with six cars off the track.

Lap 155 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and half on Kurt Busch.

Trevor Bayne brings out the caution flag on 156 when he gets loose and spins out, hitting the wall in a single car incidient.

Jimmie Johnson wins the race off of pit road.

Bubba Wallace was caught speeding on pit road.

As NASCAR was about to restart the race, it began to rain and the caution flag remains in place.

For the third time today, NASCAR has displayed the red flag to stop the race…this time for the rain and the jet driers are out again.

The drivers return to their cars in hopes of making it to the end of stage two after a 27 minute red flag delay.

The caution flag comes out on lap 166.

The lights are finally out on the pace car and Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start with 81 laps remaining in stage two.

With 79 laps to go in stage two, Kyle Larson is in the lead by over a second with Paul Menard in second, Joey Logano in third, Kurt Busch in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

Lap 175 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Paul Menard with Joey Logano in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth, and Kurt Busch in fifth.

Lap 177, Kyle Larson has driven away with it; he has a lead of nearly four seconds on Paul Menard.

Lap 180 Kyle Larson’s lead isnow over four and a half seconds on Paul Menard.

With 66 laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Larson has a lead of over five secnds on Denny Hamlin.

Kurt Busch saved his car and got down pit road with a tire issue and the track stays green.

Lap 189 Kyle Larson has a five second lead on Denny Hamlin with Paul Menard in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr in fifth.

Lap 190 there are 25 cars on the lead lap…and raindrops on the cameras.

Fifty-six laps to go in stage two, Kyle Larson holds on to his big lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Paul Menard, Joey Logano, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Lap 200 Kyle Larson is out in front with a big lead; followed by Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 203 the caution flag comes out again for rain and erasing a seven second lead from Kyle Larson..

NASCAR has again put out the red flag for rain as they attempt to get a completed race in.

AT 4:56pm eastern time, NASCAR has officially called the race for today and will resume the race on Monday.

The race was scheduled to resume at 1pm on Monday, but Mother Nature is not quite through with Tennessee. While the deluge of Sunday has passed, there are still cells of rain and sleet delaying the re-start of the race on a cold April Monday.

After a delay of nearly 24 hours, the engines are finally fired and the drivers are ready to go.

The race will restart on lap 205 with 45 laps remaining in stage two.

Race leader Kyle Larson has a leak in his car from the rain.

The caution laps are counting as the drivers get the cars warmed up.

And the rain drops have returned to the track in Bristol.

Pit road is not yet open but Ty Dillon made a pit road stop; as did Trevor Bayne who came down to make further repairs to his car.

NASCAR has opened pit road on lap 211. Most of the drivers brought their cars down pit road for service but leader Kyle Larson has stayed out on the track. Ryan Newman also stayed out on the track.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Lap 215 the drivers have been given the one to go signal and the race will resume.

There are 24 cars on the lead lap when the green flag finally flies.

Kyle Larson brings the field to the green flag restart and holds on to the lead with Kyle Busch in second; Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

Lap 220 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half over Kyle Busch.

Lap 222 Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over two second on Denny Hamlin; with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Lap224 the drivers are getting three wide across the track. Lap 226 Kyle Larson’s lead is two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin with Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

Kasey Kahne brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Lap 230 Kyle Larson holds on to a two and a half second lead on Jimmie Johnson; Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 233 Kyle Larson lead is down to under two and a half seconds over Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 237 Kyle Larson’s lead is down to under two seconds on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Busch in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 240 Brad Keselowski has pulled to within a second of leader Kyle Larson.

Lap 242 Kyle Larson’s lead is down to half a second over Brad Keselowski.

Lap 243 Brad Keselowski passes Kyle Larson for the lead.

Four laps remaining in stage two, Brad Keselowski is in the lead with Kyle Larson in second, Kyle Busch in third, and Jimmie Johnson in fourth.

Brad Keselowski wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Jimmie Johnson
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace

Ricky Stenhouse’s team was charged with having too many crew members over the pit wall as they tried to make repairs on his car.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and and holds off Jimmie Johnson for the lead on lap 261.

Lap 262 Denny Hamlin passes Brad Keselowski to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 264 the top five are Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 266 Jimmie Johnson passes Kenny Hamlin for the lead of the race.

Lap 267 Brad Keselowski retakes the lead form Jimmie Johnson

Lap 270 Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; followed by Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson.

Lap 273 Brad Keselowski has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch with Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez rounding out the top five. Bubba Wallace is in sixth place in his Bristol debut.

Lap 277 Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 281 Brad Keselowski’s lead is under half a second on Kyle Busch; Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 284 Kyle Busch is challenging Brad Keselowski for the lead but so far Keselowski holds on to the top spot.

Lap 287 there are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 290 Brad Keselowski holds on to a narrow lead over Kyle Busch with Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, and Daniel Suarez founding out the top five.

Lap 290 Kyle Larson passes Kyle Busch for second place with Brad Keselowski holding on to a narrow lead.

Lap 293 Kyle Larson passes Brad Keselowski for the lead of the race. The leaders encounter a lot of slower traffic.

Lap 297 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Busch in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Daniel Suarez in fifth. With 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 301 Kyle Larson’s lead is down to under half a second on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 304 Kyle Larson had a half a second lead on Brad Keselowski; Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Lap 307 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Brad Keselowski.

Lap 310 Kyle Larson is in the lead with Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Alex Bowman rounding out the top five.

Lap 316 Kyle Larson is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 320 Kyle Larson had a one second lead over Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Alex Bowman in fifth.

Lap 324 the caution flag comes out when Kyle Larson gets turned around trying to make a quick lane change and making contact with Ryan Newman.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 329 and holds on to the lead over Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 330 Kyle Busch is in the lead with Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, and Bubba Wallace rounding out the top five.

Lap 335 Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Jimmie Johnson.

Kyle Larson is reporting a tire rub.

Lap 340 the sun is coming out; Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Jimmie Johnson with Brad Keselowski in third; Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Lap 344 Kyle Busch’s lead is now over a second and a half over Brad Keselowski with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Lap 350 Kyle Busch leads the race with Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Daniel Suarez, and Bubba Wallace rounding out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 353 when Reed Sorenson hits the wall hard after blowing a tire for the twelfth caution flag of the race.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road, but it will Daniel Suarez bringing the field to green after staying out on the track.

Chase Elliott was caught speeding on pit road.

Kevin Harvick had to make a second trip down pit road with a loose tire.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 365 and holds off Kyle Busch for the lead.

Brad Keselowski passes Daniel Suarez for the lead with Bubba Wallace in third and Kyle Busch in fourth; Alex Bowman is in fifth place.

Lap 368 Bubba Wallace moves to second with Kyle Busch in third. Brad Keselowski holds on to a narrow lead.

Lap 370 Brad Keselowski has a narrow lead on Bubba Wallace with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 374 Bubba Wallace passes Brad Keselowski for the lead of the race with Kyle Busch in second. This is the first time Bubba Wallace has led a Monster Energy Cup race.

Lap 377 Bubba Wallace has a narrow lead on Kyle Busch with Brad Keselowski in third.

Lap 381 Kyle Busch has taken the lead with Kyle Larson in second with Ryan Newman, Bubba Wallace, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five.

Lap 386 Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; followed by Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, and, Bubba Wallace.

With 110 laps remaining in the race, the rain is again coming.

Lap 390 the caution flag comes out for rain.

To this point, 25 percent of the laps run have been under the caution flag.

The Kyle’s bring the field down for the green flag restart with just 101 laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead.

One hundred to go – the top five are Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon.

Lap 402 Kyle Busch has pulled out to a second lead on Kyle Larson with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Lap 406, there are 17 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch out in front by a second over Kyle Larson.

Lap 409, Kyle Busch is out in front by nearly a second over Kyle Larson; Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 413, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race.

Lap 420 Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with Kyle Larson less than half a second behind.

Lap 427 Kyle Busch has a lead of less than half a second on Kyle Larson with Jimmie Johnson in third, Ricky Stenhouse in fourth, and Ryan Newman in fifth.

Lap 432 Kyle Busch holds on to the lead by less than half a second on Kyle Larson.

Lap 438 Kyle Larson finally catches and passes Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 441 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of half a second on Kyle Busch with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Lap 444 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Busch; Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Ryan Newman round out the top five with 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 448 Kyle Larson now has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Fifty to go, Kyle Larson’s lead is now over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 454 Kyle Larson holds on to a two second lead on Kyle Busch with Ricky Stenhouse Jr in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Ryan Newman in fifth.

Lap 459 Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over two and a half seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 460 Kyle Larson now has a lead of over three seconds on Kyle Busch. There are only eleven cars on the lead lap.

With only 37 laps to go, Kyle Larson is now nearly five seconds out in front of Kyle Busch with only 10 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 467 Kyle Larson is six seconds ahead of the field with Ricky Stenhouse in second.

Brad Keselowski has hit the wall and brings out the caution flag on lap 470.

Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch in second.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 478 and edges out Kyle Busch for the lead with a push from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Twenty to go, Kyle Larson is out in front with Ricky Stenhouse Jr battling for the lead.

Joey Logano is reporting a tire rub.

Fifteen to go, Kyle Larson is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 488 Kyle Larson is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second, Ricky Stenhouse Jr in third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth, and Alex Bowman in fifth.

Lap 492 Kyle Larson has a quarter second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 494 Kyle Busch battles Kyle Larson for the lead and takes it.

Five to go Kyle Busch has a lead just under half a second over Kyle Larson.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch wins his second race in a row! This is Busch’s seventh Bristol win. It has been 31 years since the points leader won the race at Bristol. The last time it was done was Dale Earnhardt Sr.

The unofficial results of the Food City 500:
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Jimmie Johnson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Ryan Newman
Daniel Suarez
David Ragan
Paul Menard
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Darrell Wallace Jr
AJ Allmendinger
William Byron
Jamie McMurray
Landon Cassill
Matt DiBenedetto
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Trevor Bayne
Corey LaJoie
Erik Jones
D.J. Kennington
Ty Dillon
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Gray Gaulding
Reed Sorenson
Chad Finchum
Kasey Kahne
Ryan Blaney
Chris Buescher
Harrison Rhodes
Michael McDowell
Ross Chastain

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