Rain postpones NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will now be a day race.

The 40 car field ran 38 green laps Saturday night before the rains that have plagued the area all week returned in earnest.  The race was halted for a for just over an hour and 24 minutes and the track was dried. Drivers were called to their cars and the yellow was displayed for 8 laps before the skies opened up again and rain drenched the track. The red was displayed again just after 10:30 p.m. ET and after nearly an hour it was evident the rains would not stop anytime soon and NASCAR called for the postponement, the first in the history of the night race at Bristol.

Kyle Busch had just taken the lead from Chase Elliott when the first caution was called.  He will lead the field to the green with Elliott on the front row. Ryan Blaney will start third followed by Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth. There will be 452 laps left to go when the race resumes on Sunday.

The race will be shown on CNBC starting at 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday.

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