Rain postpones Food City 500 finale until Monday

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After three red flags, two rain delays and 205 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500, NASCAR made a decision to postpone the remainder of the event until 1 p.m. Monday. Larson led 74 laps, but the Elk Grove native knows it won't be easy to just pick up where he left off despite being in front when the race resumes.

Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, pole victor Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounded out the top five when the race was postponed. The No. 12 Ford had nowhere to go and was swept up in the wreck. He started from the pole position and led a race best 202 laps in last year's Spring race at Bristol but finished sixth.

The race started about 30 minutes later than planned amid a forecast that includes a 100 percent chance of rain.

Truex was caught up in a multi-car accident when a sideways Michael McDowell spun down Bristol's steep banking and into the path of Chase Elliott. Chastain's is the only vehicle that had to go behind the wall. He has continued to drive the damaged auto and is positioned in 29th place, five laps down.

It proved accurate as the event at the half-mile Tennessee track was paused three times due to rain.

However, it remains unclear if the rain will hold off long enough to get the race in.

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"The lap times were really good in the auto and then, boom, there's just no forgiveness right now with how many variables there are".

Drivers must complete 250 of the 500 laps for the race to be considered official. The team has gone to a backup vehicle, which means Busch will need to start at the rear of the 39-car field. Last year's victor Jimmie Johnson will start at P17.

NASCAR is hoping the Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be run on Sunday despite a wet forecast.

Some drivers won't have to worry about coming back April 16. The showers are supposed to stay in the morning, but there is a chance of rain that could perhaps affect the scheduled start time.

Rain is still likely at Bristol on Monday morning, but should taper off in the afternoon, according to the Weather Underground website.

On-track action is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, with TV coverage on FOX (PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have the radio coverage).