Bristol NASCAR Cup Series race (again) delayed by rain

Apr 16, 2018, 04:46
Bristol NASCAR Cup Series race (again) delayed by rain

It's only Kyle's 2nd ever pole at Bristol, with the other time coming in the spring race in 2013.

Cole Custer came flying out of the final twelve positions to be decided in Xfinity Series qualifying to take the pole in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 race to be held Saturday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. Missing the top 24 cut was Denny Hamlin with a lap speed average of 125.773 miles per hour. "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". The race had been scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., but driver introductions were pushed back about 20 minutes. Storm clouds moved in Sunday morning and it began raining shortly after 10 a.m. ET.

If the race is postponed, it would be run Monday.

Kurt Busch, who was expected to start alongside younger brother Kyle on the front row, will start at the back of the field after wrecking his primary auto in practice Saturday.

Busch was in the midst of a late run when his No. 41 got into the inside wall and suffered significant damage. The No. 41 team has to go to a backup vehicle and will forfeit their second place starting spot.

"Sorry, guys", Busch said on his radio after the wreck. "We've had some challenging times here, but also I've had some good times here". I found out the fun way.

It didn't seem to hurt Keselowski, who wound up qualifying third.

A strong early performance by Ryan Blaney ended abruptly at Bristol Motor Speedway. Chastain's is the only auto that had to go behind the wall. He was not hurt, but was forced to turn to a backup vehicle for the remainder of the weekend. Kurt Busch in the No. 41 was the fastest auto on the track in round two, with a average lap speed of 129.030 miles per hour. Rounding out the top 10, respectively, will be Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon.

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