Fans hoping to partake in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday night will have to wait until the sun comes up after persistent showers forced NASCAR to postpone the race after just 48 laps.
The race will resume on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, with gates opening for fans two hours prior at 11 a.m. ET.
While Mother Nature ultimately prevailed, NASCAR did all it could to run the race on Saturday night. Fighting with scattered rain showers, NASCAR was forced to dry the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway three times before the start of the event, including once for a shower that popped up during driver introductions.
When the green flag finally flew, Kyle Busch surged to the lead ahead of rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney only for another shower to bring out a caution flag and, ultimately, a red flag. NASCAR resumed drying efforts, even getting cars back on-track at one point, but it was to no avail as another storm arrived on the half-mile oval.
Faced with another drying effort with more weather looming, NASCAR finally elected to postpone the race. The field will return to Bristol on Sunday to complete the final 452 laps of the scheduled 500.
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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.
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