NASCAR at Bristol live race updates, results, highlights from Food City Dirt Race

Last year, NASCAR ran just its second Cup Series Bristol dirt race, and it produced plenty of chaos.

Several drivers in the Food City Dirt Race crashed out, including Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell. In the end, Joey Logano won the race, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finishing second and Denny Hamlin placing third.

Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race will again be on the clay at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

Logano certainly is hoping to rekindle some of that magic from last year’s race. He narrowly lost in overtime a week ago at Martinsville, when William Byron claimed his second checked flag of the season. Logano is still searching for his first win of the year.

The Sporting News will be tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol on Sunday. Follow below for complete results from the Food City Dirt Race. All times Eastern Standard.

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NASCAR at Bristol live updates, highlights from Food City Dirt Race

9:10 p.m.: There is optimism that this race will be able to resume. If so, Kyle Busch and Logano will be on the front row.

8:56 p.m.: For more weather updates, follow along here.

8:52 p.m.: If this race is over, Briscoe will be the winner, even though others stayed out when Briscoe went to pit road.

8:47 p.m.: Covers are coming out for the cars.

8:45 p.m.: Several cars stayed out during the caution. If the race goes to green, Briscoe would no longer be the leader. But cars are also now getting stuck on the track.

8:35 p.m.: Briscoe has won the second stage, finishing ahead of Bell, Suarez, Elliott and Kyle Busch.

8:32 p.m.: Briscoe takes the lead off the restart, and Suarez drops all the way back to third with Bell moving into second.

8:31 p.m.: The race is back to green with Suarez leading Briscoe, Elliott, Bell, Logano with 11 laps left in the second stage.

8:29 p.m.: The caution is extended due to rain.

8:25 p.m.: Briscoe and Suarez fight for the first spot off the green, and there is a caution right away. Lajoie involved in another crash. 18 lapses to go with the bail brought out.

8:21 p.m.: The race has reached the halfway mark at lap 127 for debris, and a caution flag is brought out. Suarez, Bell, Larson are the top three as things stand. The race could now be made official if called off due to weather.

8:19 p.m.: The race is back under green with 32 laps left int he stage. Suarez and Bell are battling for the lead with Larson right behind the two of them.

8:15 p.m.: Brad Keselowski now goes for a spin with 36 laps to go in the second stage, and the caution flag is brought out.

8:12 p.m.: The race is back to green. Larson starts by dropping all the way down to fifth on the start.

8:11 p.m.: Rain coming down has forced NASCAR to wave off green, per Fox’s Bob Pockrass.

8:07 p.m.: Harvick has to head to pit road after he was clipped by the crash with the three drivers.

8:05 p.m.: The race is back under green with Suarez leading the race. Chastain moves into second as Larson starts to slide back. Caution comes out early though for a caution for Bowman, Corey LaJoie and Noah Gragson.

8:05 p.m.: Hamlin is headed to the garage.

8:04 p.m.: There has been plenty of bumping going on throughout Sunday’s race.

8:01 p.m.: Denny Hamlin is having some issues with the car. He’s been told by his team to stay out on the track until a caution, and the decision to stay out is a good one as Alex Bowman spins and brings out a caution on lap 92.

8:00 p.m.: The strategy to stay out on the track during the caution was almost certainly due to concerns that weather could end the race early. It might not work out for the three who stayed out, especially as Larson now closes in on Suarez 89 laps into the race. The race can become official at 125 lapses completed.

7:55 p.m.: There’s the restart and Suarez holds onto his lead right out of the gate. Larson jumps up two spots to vault past Chastain and Briscoe.

7:53 p.m.: Daniel Suarez, Ross Chastain and Chase Briscoe did not take the pit stop during caution, so they’re one, two, three ahead of Larson when the restart comes up.

7:42 p.m.: The first stage ends in a caution after Justin Allgaier hits a wall. Larson was leading the final lap by more than two seconds and was going to win the stage regardless of the flag coming out at the end. The stage break is the only time drivers are allowed to refuel during this race.

7:39 p.m.: Bell and Austin Dillon are in a close race for third, with Dillon right on the heels of the former leader. Still some space between Austin’s brother, Ty Dillon, who is in second, and Larson, who is leading the race by more than a second.

7:34 p.m.: Larson will start on the outside as the green flag is waved, with Ty Dillon on the inside. It has proven to be a major advantage to start outside, and Larson proves that right away by clearing some space on Dillon.

7:33 p.m.: Briscoe saying there is more wrong with his car than just a flat right rear on the radio.

7:32 p.m.: Looks like Briscoe might have blown a tire that led to him spinning out and hitting the wall.

7:30 p.m.: Larson makes the move outside to take the lead over Briscoe, who is having some issues. Now Briscoe spins out on lap 50, and a caution flag is coming out.

7:27 p.m.: Kyle Busch completes the pass on Bell to move up to fourth place.

7:23 p.m.: This race is back to green on lap 26.

7:22 p.m.: Kevin Harvick dropped a lap down, though he and his team are frustrated, believing they should have received the free pass.

7:17 p.m.: Custer dropped two laps by pitting early, but decided not to pit on the mandatory stop, meaning he’ll be on the wave around to move to just one lap down. Almirola will also have a wave around.

7:10 p.m.: The caution flag is brought out at lap 15 as Aric Almirola heads to pit road to get his grille cleaned. The Fox broadcast reported that NASCAR will bring out cautions if the grilles of cars get too filled with dirt, which has been the case with both Custer and Almirola heading to pit road to get cleaned. All cars will now do the same.

7:09 p.m.: Cole Custer, who started the race in pole position, is making the first pit stop of the night under green, coming just 13 laps into the race.

7:08 p.m.: Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell are providing a close fight for the top spot through 10 laps. Briscoe is narrowly leading the race by just under a half-second.

7:07 p.m.: Bubba Wallace has made a lot of progress since the start of the race, riding outside to go up from 22nd to 17th already in the first six lapses of the race.

7:05 p.m.: There’s the green flag, and the race at Bristol is underway.

6:58 p.m.: Max Lucado gives the command to drivers to start their engines.

6:51 p.m.: Pre-race ceremonies beginning with the invocation and the national anthem.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Date: Sunday, April 17
  • Time: 7:04 p.m. ET

Sunday’s race at Bristol is scheduled to start at 7:04 pm ET on Sunday. It had originally been scheduled to begin at 7:14 pm, but it has since been moved up 10 minutes because of the threat of rain.

NASCAR LINEUP AT BRISTOL: Starting order, pole

What channel is NASCAR on today?

The Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be carried by Fox in the US and TSN in Canada. Last Sunday’s race in Martinsville, Va., was carried by FS1, but the next two races will be carried by Fox before the series returns to FS1 on May 1.

Mike Joy will be on the call for lap-by-lap action, with Clint Bowyer and Darrell Waltrip joining him in the booth for analysis. Fox has used rotating analysts in 2021 after Jeff Gordon left to work for Hendrick Motorsports.

Fans who have cut the cord on cable can also find the race on Fox Sports Go or fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

NASCAR lineup at Bristol

Here is the complete starting lineup for the NASCAR Cup Series race in Bristol on Sunday:

Starting pos. Driver Car No. Team
1. Cole Custer 41 Stewart Haas Racing
2. Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
3. Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
4. Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart Haas Racing
5. Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
6. Justin Haley 31 Kaulig-Racing
7. Ty Dillon 42 Petty GMS Motorsports
8. Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
9. Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
10. Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
11. Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
12. Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
13. Kurt Busch 45 23XI Racing
14. Erik Jones 43 Petty GMS Motorsports
15. Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
17. Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
18. Brad Keselowski 6 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
19. William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
20. Austin Cindric 2 Team Penske
21. Daniel Suarez 99 TrackHouse Racing
22. Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
23. Todd Gilliland 38 Front Row Motorsports
24. Harrison Burton 21 Wood Brothers Racing
25. ryan blaney 12 Team Penske
26. Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
27. Justin Allgaier 77 Spire Motorsports
28. Noah Gragson 16 Kaulig-Racing
29. JJ Yeley 15 Rick Ware Racing
30. Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
31. Aric Almirola 10 Stewart Haas Racing
32. Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart Haas Racing
33. Ross Chastain 1 TrackHouse Racing
34. Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
35. Cody Ware 51 Rick Ware Racing
36. Josh Williams 78 Live Fast Motorsports

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