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Hey, race fans: Food City 500 to start at 1 p.m.

By KEVIN MAYS, [email protected] • Apr 15, 2018 at 2:14 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The weather could be the big winner today, though all involved with the running of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway are hoping for a break from the expected rain.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a 90 percent chance of rain.

In an attempt to beat the weather, the start time for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was moved up an hour 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,” Jerry Caldwell, BMS executive vice president and general manager, said. “We feel this schedule adjustment provides us with a more favorable window to get the Food City 500 completed on Sunday.”

Gates open at 9:45 a.m. and the track walk runs from 10 to 11 a.m.

The pre-race concert with A Thousand Horses moves from the backstretch stage to a stage in the infield and begins at 11:20 a.m.

Bristol’s popular driver introductions, during which each competitor enters the racetrack to the tune of a favorite song, begin at 12:20 p.m.

The Trackside Live stage programming is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

SuperPass holders are encouraged to be on the track by 11 a.m. to access the concert and driver intros.

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