NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Bristol delayed by rain: Officials are hoping to finish the race tonight

Officials are hoping to finish the race tonight

By: Al Pearce on March 16, 2014

Officials are hoping to get the race in tonight.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – The NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Bristol has been stopped once more for rain.

The Foods City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway started out 2 hrs late and acquired in 143 laps before rain forced officials to cease the race. The Sprint Cup event was on the verge of restarting right after yet another 2-hour delay — drivers have been back in their automobiles — when added rain moved back into the area. As of 6 p.m., the vehicles were covered once again and the race was in one more rain delay.

Pole-winner Denny Hamlin led only a handful of early laps, then Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson led just before Matt Kenseth took the lead shortly just before the 2nd rain delay. Johnson is now 3 laps down due to the fact of a tire issue and Logano demands to make repairs on pit street due to the fact his auto has misplaced its energy steering.

Regardless of the persistent cold rain, officials hope to comprehensive the 500-lapper tonight. It will be regarded an official occasion and teams can head towards California for up coming weekend’;s 400-miler if Sunday’;s race reaches at least the 251-lap mark.

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