What was supposed to be a Sunday afternoon Monster Energy Cup Series race will now be on Monday, as heavy rain left NASCAR officials with little recourse but to postpone the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
A bit of nifty pit strategy helped rookie Daniel Hemric win the second stage, which locked him in as one of four Xfinity Series regulars to race for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash prize during the final 130-lap stage.
The Food City 500 is now scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Monday with TV coverage on FOX.
This is the first Cup Series race impacted by weather this year.
The same storm raising concerns for flooding in the southern Appalachians and severe weather from SC to Georgia caused rain to fall persistently in Bristol on Sunday morning. It gave Kyle Larson the pole with Chase Elliott right next to him.
Bristol officials this year applied a VHT resin to the track surface that is meant to enhance grip. The rain washed the rubber off the top groove of the track and confined Larson's Chevy to the bottom groove.
It's unclear if both the preferred bottom lane and top line will work on Monday.
Busch is a five-time victor at Bristol, but hasn't been to victory lane in his Cup vehicle since 2011. It will also be interesting to see if NASCAR orders a competition caution early in the race due to the overall lack of practice time the teams have had over the last few days. "It will be cool to start from the front and hopefully, like I said, hopefully that number one pit stall kind of helps us gain some spots on pit road and have a clean race".
Five-time Bristol victor Kyle Busch starts seventh.
"The track was talking about laying down more VHT and they can't do it while it's wet", Busch said. We have to have more cars out there to heat it up, so it's going to be like ice when we first start off and then the grip will come back once we do heat it up after this rain.
This story has been corrected to show that Kyle Larson, not Kyle Busch, will start on the pole.