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Weather forecast moves up Food City 500 start time

Kevin Mays • Apr 14, 2018 at 4:14 PM

BRISTOL — The weather could be the big winner on Sunday.

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.

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