Rain delay postpones electric race at Bristol

Brad Keselowski won an eventful opening stage Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway taking the top spot when teammate Ryan Blaney crashed to lead the way at the quarter mark of the Food City 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Keselowski’s Team Pe

Brad Keselowski won an eventful opening stage Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway taking the top spot when teammate Ryan Blaney crashed to lead the way at the quarter mark of the Food City 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Keselowski’s Team Pe

His Food City 500 win comes after he swept the Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Truck Series races last season in August, and his seven checkered flags makes him the winningest Cup Series driver at Bristol - nicknamed The Last Great Colosseum.

Busch's victory left Larson still looking for his first win at the half mile track and winless so far this season. "I thought so, but our vehicle was fast enough that Larson never had a shot to get back to us to repay the favor".

"Our McDonald's Chevy is really fast, I would just like to get some racing going, but then again, I feel like I always do better or do worse once the track gets a bunch of rubber on it". "If he got back to my rear bumper, so be it, that's fair game to race that way".

Larson was understandably frustrated after having the dominant auto most of the day.

Still, Busch admitted having concern with five laps still remaining and the hard-driving Larson in pursuit. In fact, it was a Keselowski blown tire and eventual contact with the outside wall on Lap 471 that brought out the final caution and set the stage for the final 22 circuits. 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 was delayed about 35 minutes Monday after being postponed Sunday after 204 laps because of rain. "I thought I could get going, but I never really did".

"I hate that I didn't win", continued Larson. It's another one at Bristol. "I've been beat by Kyle about every time I race here, too, so that gets frustrating after a while". "That gets frustrated after a while, too".

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It was the opposite feeling for third-place finisher Jimmie Johnson.

Keselowski said of his auto: "We are screaming". "My spotter was kind of keeping me posted once I got into second where the 42 was and I was gonna start pushing really hard there to run him down over the last 30 laps".

Alex Bowman round out the top five with Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman taking sixth through tenth.

Stage two: Keselowski outran Kyle Busch to win the race's second stage on lap 250, making the race official after two days of racing.

An ill-handling race vehicle for Larson with 22 laps to go added more insult to injury of not winning the Food City 500.

With new left-side tires, Keselowski quickly stormed through the field when the race resumed.