NASCAR's Food City 500 Postponed to Monday Due to Rain as Kyle Larson Leads

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2018

BRISTOL, TN - APRIL 15:  Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 McDonald's Chevrolet, racees during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 15, 2018 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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NASCAR's Food City 500 race will resume Monday at 1 p.m. ET after rain forced a postponement at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Kyle Larson was leading at the time of the final delay. The race had been put under the red flag three times before NASCAR decided the forecast was too foreboding to keep the drivers at the track.

Larson led 74 of the 204 laps that have been completed and said he believes his car will handle better despite the delay.

"I think so—maybe better, maybe a little freer," Larson said, per Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com. "All in all, I think it will be about the same balance."

The Weather Channel forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of precipitation and a high of 42 degrees Monday. That's a shift in weather from Sunday when it was mostly in the 60s.

NASCAR makes races official once they hit the halfway mark, meaning the field was 46 laps away from the event being official. The showers are supposed to stay in the morning, but there is a chance of rain that could perhaps affect the scheduled start time.

"It's not going to remain a bottom-feeder race," Larson said. "We were all just getting ready to move up to the top. You kind of just wait until you get to traffic, and then you can move up, and everybody's momentum is bogged down [on the bottom].

"The bottom is the dominant lane for 30 laps or so. I don't know if there is a dominant lane after that."

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