It’s race day at Bristol Motor Speedway, and we've got all the information you need to get ready for Sunday's Food City 500, the eighth race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET. GREEN FLAG: 2:08 p.m. ET.
NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison will instruct drivers to start their engines at 2:02 p.m. ET. Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip, who announced Thursday that he will be retiring from the Fox broadcast booth this summer, will wave the green flag.
TV: Fox Sports 1. Pre-race broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. ET.
RADIO: Performance Racing Network. STREAMING: Fox Sports Go.
RACE DISTANCE: 500 laps around the 0.533-mile track for a total of 266.5 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 125, Stage 2: 125, Stage 3: 250.
Chase Elliott will start on the pole for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Photo: Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports)
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Country recording artist and musician Karen Waldrup will perform the anthem at 1:55 p.m ET, followed by a flyover by four T-38’s from the 469th Flying Training Squadron of Shepherd Air Force Base in Wichita, Texas.
WEATHER: Iffy. The Weather Channel is calling for a 35 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms for the race's start, with that percentage increasing up to 50 percent by 5 p.m., before transitioning to cloudy skies with rain under 15 percent the rest of the night.
LAST TIME: Kurt Busch won the Bristol Night Race last August, edging Kyle Larson by 0.367 seconds to win for the sixth time at the track. And one year ago, Kyle Busch earned his seventh win at Bristol after leading 117 laps and beating Larson by 0..628 seconds.
LINEUP: Chase Elliott earned his first pole on a short track and the fifth of his Cup Series career. William Byron qualified second to put Hendrick Motorsports on the front row for the second consecutive week after taking the top three spots in qualifying at Texas.
Here is the lineup for the Food City 500 (car number in parentheses):
1. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 131.713 mph.
2. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
3. (12) Ryan Blaney
4. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota
5. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
6. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
7. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
8. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford
9. (21) Paul Menard, Ford
10. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
11. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford
12. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
13. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
14. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
15. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
16. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
17. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
18. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
19. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford
20. (41) Daniel Suarez, Ford
21. (95) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota
22. (38) David Ragan, Ford
23. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
24. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
25. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet
26. (8) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet
27. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
28. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet
29. (36) Matt Tifft, Ford
30. (47) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet
31. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet
32. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford
33. (51) Gray Gaulding, Ford
34. (52) Bayley Currey, Chevrolet
35. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota
36. (77) Quin Houff, Chevrolet
37. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
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