While all involved with the scheduled running of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway are hoping for a break from rainy weather expected today.
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a 90 percent chance of rain with a high of 67 degrees.
In an attempt to beat the weather, start time for the race has been moved to 1 p.m..
“We decided 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,” BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell said in a statement from the track. “We feel this schedule adjustment provides us with a more favorable window to get the Food City 500 completed on Sunday.”
Gates will open at 9:45 a.m. and the track walk will take place from 10-11 a.m.
The pre-race concert with A Thousand Horses moves from the backstretch stage to a stage in the infield and will begin at 11:20 a.m.
Bristol’s popular driver introductions, where each competitor enters the track to the tune of a favorite song, will begin at 12:20 p.m.
The Trackside Live stage programming will take place from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
SuperPass holders are encouraged to be on track by 11 a.m. to access the concert and driver intros.