NASCAR at Bristol: Rain postpones Food City 500 until Monday

Brad Keselowski won an eventful opening stage Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway taking the top spot when teammate Ryan Blaney crashed to lead the way at the quarter mark of the Food City 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Keselowski’s Team Pe

Kyle Busch remained the hottest driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Friday when he won the pole for Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Series champion Martin Truex, Jr. was tenth in practice with Darrell "Bubba" Wallace in the STP Chevrolet placing 21st in practice. Former Bristol winners Kyle Busch (128.934 mph) and Kasey Kahne (128.830 mph) rounded out the top-five.

Truex's No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota ran a lap of 15.265 seconds at 125.765 miles per hour in the first round of qualifying Friday on the half-mile high-banked oval. Fellow Georgia native Chase Elliott (127.073 mph) posted the second quickest lap in the practice. Ragan's Front Row Motorsports teammate Michael McDowell (126.295 mph) finished the session in fifth.

The No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing team had pulled the backup vehicle off the hauler after Busch spun off Turn 2 with less than 10 minutes to go in final practice.

To get the pole for Sunday's 500-lapper, Busch had to ease past brother Kurt, who was second fastest in qualifying at BMS.

"We made a decision to move the race to a 1 p.m. start after discussing the forecast scenarios with our team of meteorologists, NASCAR and our television partner", said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Food City 500 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon (April 15). SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN's broadcast.