Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup at Bristol

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup at Bristol

Kurt Busch did just that Friday after Kyle Busch edged him out by 0.002 seconds to take the pole for the Cup Series race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The race is scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. EDT on lap 205 in Stage 2 with Kyle Larson leading.

Kyle Larson was strong on the last green-flag run and has led 74 laps in all.

The 500-lap race was brought forward an hour after the weather forecast showed a 90 per cent chance of precipitation with thunderstorms.

Intermittent rain also delayed the start by approximately a half-hour.

Kevin Harvick will have to start Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway at the back of the field after crashing in practice.

Completing the top five were Denny Hamlin (126.997.mph), Kurt Busch (126.537mph), Michael McDowell (126.295mph).

KEEP AN EYE ON ROOKIES: Keep an eye on rookies Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and William Byron, who both posted top 10 finishes last week at Texas and look to carry over that momentum to Bristol. This is the eighth race of the NASCAR season for the Cup Series drivers.

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

Ryan Blaney was dominant early in the No. 12 Ford, leading 99 laps of the first 119 laps before getting caught up in wreck that left his vehicle in shambles. The postponement comes just 46 laps shy of the race becoming official. Sure, Chase Elliott may have earned his second L1 penalty of the season, but it wasn't enough to nudge other main topics off the front pages. Any fans going to the race will want to dress warm.

It's been a Monster-ous week for NASCAR after announcing their title sponsor has signed a one-year extension to remain through the 2019 season. In the series' last race there - the August night race - he earned his first Monster Energy Series Busch pole position and led a race-high 260 laps before finishing second to his current Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Hamlin runs very well in restrictor plate races and on short tracks. Last year's victor Jimmie Johnson will start at P17.

However, the forecast still calls for steady rain through Monday morning. This could delay the race until Sunday night or postpone it until Monday.

Kyle Busch has had a lot of success at Bristol.

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