Rains Force Postponement Of Bristol Cup Race


Thunder Valley beckons this week as the drivers try and get a win at the world's fastest half-mile track.

"That's not what I signed up to be a NASCAR driver for is to scrunch the field up and take the advantage away from those guys that are fast", said Busch, last year's All-Star race victor.

NASCAR had hoped to dodge the large severe weather front headed for the Tri-City area by moving up the race's start time.

"It's always a good chance to get to a race track coming off a win", Busch said.

That drew a groan from the often animated and outspoken Busch, who has 44 career Cup victories. "We've had some challenging times here, but also I've had some good times here".

Blaney had led 100 laps before the accident.

Leading with seven laps to go in stage one, Blaney drove into a wreck that had quickly developed in Turn 3. People are complaining about it that there is a lack of competition.

"Kyle Larson is the guy that will know because he's going to do it first". Nemechek, driving in the Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro usually driven by MENCS regular Kyle Larson, took fifth place in the final round of qualifying.

But as years have passed NASCAR's iciest sibling rivalry has thawed a little bit, at least to the point where they can joke around a little bit.

In an attempt to beat the weather, the start time for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was moved up an hour to 1 p.m.

"What's the highlight for me here, you can't dismiss the sweeps", Busch said.

"Definitely there's a difference with the new right side tire", Busch said. In all three cases, Kyle started first and Kurt second.

In cooler temperatures on Saturday morning, Kyle Larson led the day's first practice session at 129.004 miles per hour, which exceeded Kyle Busch's pole-winning speed of 128.822 miles per hour from Friday afternoon. Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 vehicle will start 3rd, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.in the No. 17 auto will start 4th and Ryan Blaney in the No. 12 auto rounds out the top five.