Weather delays re-start of Bristol Sprint Cup race

Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth wait out the rain
Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth wait out the rain

The start of Sunday's rain-delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, postponed from Saturday night, is currently on hold as morning showers have delayed the event's scheduled 1 p.m. re-start.

Teams completed 48 laps before rain halted Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, forcing officials to reschedule the continuation of the race for Sunday. Morning rain in northeast Tennessee kept NASCAR and track officials busy trying to dry the track between frequent cloud bursts.

The race, when it does resume, can be seen on CNBC while radio networks PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR are also providing coverage.

Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota) will restart today's race out front, with Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports) and Ryan Blaney (Wood Brothers Racing) in second and third.

JGR teammates Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth complete the top five.

Records indicate this is the first time the annual night race at BMS has been run the following day since the track moved the event under the lights in 1978. NASCAR Hall of Fame member Cale Yarborough won that event, then known as the Volunteer 500.

It is the third time this season a race has been delayed one day due to rain, with the other two both coming at Pocono Raceway.

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