NASCAR Cancels Major Event

CREDIT: LAT Photographic

One of the qualifying races in NASCAR‘s Monster Energy Cup Series has been cancelled at nearly the last minute, FOX Sports reports. The event was set to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s Food City 500 race.

Beginning earlier this morning (Friday, April 21st), everyone who arrived at Bristol Motor Speedway had been anxiously awaiting NASCAR’s decision regarding today’s scheduled qualifying race that was supposed to start at 4:30 p.m. local time.

According to Joe Menzer with FOX Sports, all activities had been placed on hold while officials decided what to do about an unexpected rainstorm that was moving through the area. There is more rain forecast throughout the day and may present a problem for the various practices scheduled.

There has since been a break in the downpour, and the track underwent a drying period so that at least some of the events would still happen. Menzer states that currently the K&N Series practice is taking advantage of the window.

In addition to the K&N Series practice, there was an XFINITY Series practice, and then single Monster Energy Cup Series practice set for later in the day – weather permitting.

Without the qualifying race, NASCAR rules state that the starting lineup for Sunday’s race shall be determined by total owner points, which could have an effect on your favorite driver.

The weather also has a chance of affecting Sunday’s race as more rain is expected in Bristol on both Saturday and Sunday.

Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s race now that the qualifying event has been cancelled.

2017 Food City 500 – Bristol Motor Speedway
Sunday, April 23rd – 2:00 p.m. Eastern

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Ryan Blaney
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Jamie McMurray
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Jimmie Johnson
  12. Trevor Bayne
  13. Ryan Newman
  14. Erik Jones
  15. Kurt Busch
  16. Denny Hamlin
  17. Kasey Kahne
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  20. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  21. Austin Dillon
  22. Matt Kenseth
  23. Daniel Suarez
  24. Ty Dillon
  25. AJ Allmendinger
  26. Paul Menard
  27. Chris Buescher
  28. Michael McDowell
  29. Danica Patrick
  30. Landon Cassill
  31. Cole Whitt
  32. Matt DiBenedetto
  33. David Ragan
  34. Corey Lajoie
  35. Reed Sorenson
  36. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  37. Gray Gaulding
  38. Derrike Cope
  39. Timmy Hill

Watch the video below of Kyle Busch’s crash during the 2013 Bristol Motor Speedway qualifying event.