Rain cancels Bristol dirt qualifying races

NASCAR’s Bristol dirt track weekend is being ruined by rain.

Rain canceled heat races for both the Cup Series and Truck Series on Saturday and required the Truck Series race to move from Saturday night to Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 2). The Cup Series race is still arranged to start at 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox) on Sunday.

NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway transformed the half-mile concrete track into a dirt track for the weekend as the Cup Series is arranged to run its very first race on dirt because 1970. Both the Cup Series and Truck Series races were arranged to have heat races to set the beginning lineup.

The lineups will rather be set by the formula NASCAR has actually utilized for races without practice and certifying. Kyle Larson is set to initially for the Cup Series race while John Hunter Nemechek begins initially for the Truck Series race. However Larson will need to begin last since his group changed an engine on Friday throughout practice.

From too dusty to too wet

Practice for both the Cup Series and Truck Series featured a very dusty track. The track lost grip as the day went on and the dust from the main racing groove in the corners started accumulating toward the wall.

Rain overnight and during the day on Saturday then made the track too wet. NASCAR thought it had a track that was ready to go for heat races on Saturday afternoon but the first Truck heat race was called after less than two laps since mud was caked all over many trucks’ windscreens.

The rain returned not long after that heat race was called.

The projection for Sunday isn’t far better than Saturday’s. While a washout isn’t particular, there’s a good opportunity that NASCAR might need to run one or both races on Monday offered the quantity of rainfall that might fall on the track.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.