Severe thunderstorms and rain showers pushed back the start of the Food City Dirt Race, but NASCAR Cup Series drivers have returned to Bristol Motor Speedway and are ready to roll.
Monday’s weather forecast was a welcome sight for NASCAR fans after Sunday’s rain turned the venue into a muddy mess. Bristol, Tenn., is expected to see sunny skies for much of the afternoon with very little chance of rain into the evening. The seventh NASCAR Cup Series race of the 2021 season can now offer all the dirt-related drama that you can handle.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s dirt race at Bristol on Monday. Follow below for complete results from the Food City Dirt Race.
NASCAR at Bristol live updates, highlights from Food City Dirt Race
(All times Eastern)
5:20 p.m. — Martin Truex Jr., coming off a Truck Series victory, wins Stage 1.
Stage 1 Top 10 at @BMSupdates:
1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. William Byron
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Daniel Suarez
5. Ryan Blaney
6. Joey Logano
7. Bubba Wallace
8. Ryan Newman
9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
10. Chris Buescher#FoodCityDirtRace
— PRN (@PRNlive) March 29, 2021
5 p.m. — Another caution. Christoper Bell and Ross Chastain are done for the day.
4:55 p.m. — Almost immediately after the track is cleared, we’ve got more chaos. Ryan Newman spins out on Lap 48.
4:40 p.m. — Whoa. A major crash on Lap 41. Aric Almirola got the worst of it.
4:30 p.m. — Bad news for Kyle Busch: He is forced to pit early with what appears to be an overheating issue.
4:20 p.m. — And they’re off. Denny Hamlin takes the lead on the opening lap, but he is quickly passed by Kyle Busch.
4:05 p.m. — Ross Chastain will not allow the dirt to touch his face.
3:45 p.m. — It turns out the dirt track looks much better when it’s not being crushed by constant rain.
NASCAR race start time today
- Date: Monday, March 29
- Start time: 4 p.m. ET (TV coverage) | 4:18 p.m. ET (green flag)
FOX’s coverage of Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET. The race is expected to start around 4:18 p.m. ET.
NASCAR lineup for Bristol dirt race
Here is the full starting lineup for Monday’s race:
|Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Daniel Suarez||99||TrackHouse Racing|
|Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|Stewart Friesen||77||Spire Motorsports|
|Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|JJ Yeley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|Shane Golobic||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|Chris Windom||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|Mike Marlar||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|Ty Dillon||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|