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NASCAR Sprint Cup race starts after more than an hour delay

  • People look at the threatening sky as stormy weather delays the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 ,in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    People look at the threatening sky as stormy weather delays the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 ,in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Crews scramble to cover cars as rain delayed a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Crews scramble to cover cars as rain delayed a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chase Elliott (24) leads Carl Edwards (19), Kyle Busch (18) and Ryan Blaney (21) through Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 in Bristol, Tenn. The race was red-flagged due to rain. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Chase Elliott (24) leads Carl Edwards (19), Kyle Busch (18) and Ryan Blaney (21) through Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 in Bristol, Tenn. The race was red-flagged due to rain. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

The Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway has begun after an hour's delay due to bad weather.

The race was scheduled for 8 p.m., but never got underway as lightning, hail and rain surrounded the half-mile concrete track. Race teams covered up the cars with tarps and race officials encouraged fans to leave the grandstand as the storm approached.

Carl Edwards won the pole Friday and started up front as he tries to sweep both Bristol races this season. His three Joe Gibbs Racing teammates were all in the top five of the grid: Denny Hamlin in second, Kyle Busch in third and Matt Kenseth in fifth.