The wait is almost over for NASCAR fans. The engines roar to life Sunday with qualifying for the Daytona 500 at noon, followed by the Busch Clash at 3 p.m.
Sunday’s Food City 500 all seemed perfect with plenty of hard-nosed, side-by-side racing and passes for the lead as well as ideal weather conditions. What was missing were the fans.
Once again during Sunday’s Food City 500, Kyle Busch was the most entertaining driver on the track. His eighth win at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” — in which he beat older brother Kurt for the victory — came with its own set of challenges.
After winning his eighth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch gave a figurative tip of the hat to NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip.
“It doesn’t matter who it is. You just try to get away from him. But when I saw him closing in on me, I was like, ‘I have to get away from him, I can’t lose to my brother.’ ”
Heading into Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, drivers from Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have won all seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this season.
Darrell Waltrip will drop the green flag and Bobby Allison will serve as grand marshal for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Chase Elliott, aka NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver, was NASCAR’s fastest driver Friday evening at Bristol Motor Speedway.
William Byron, the 21-year-old from Charlotte, N.C., who developed as a driver through iRacing, can be called the face of NASCAR’s computer generation.
The 59th running of the Food City 500 is scheduled for Sunday, April 7 at Bristol Motor Speedway and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race caps a week of big events.
Saturday, April 6 is the busiest day of the spring race weekend at BMS with Cup Series practice, Xfinity Series qualifying, the Xfinity Alsco 300 and the Zombie Auto 150 for the NASCAR K&N Series.
Following a speedway news conference Thursday, BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell answered a few questions heading into the 2019 season.
A forecast of 100 percent chance of rain Sunday unfortunately lived up to its billing, playing a major factor in the small crowd at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500.
Kyle Larson went into the rain-halted Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with the lead after 204 laps. He was out in front for a good portion of Monday’s action as well.
Kyle Busch brought the bump-and-run back to Bristol Motor Speedway to win Monday's rain-delayed Food City 500.