Rain returns to Bristol Motor Speedway, delaying race again

Maybe the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race will really be run at night, after all.

Rain returned to Bristol Motor Speedway, delaying the rescheduled start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the 0.533-mile short track. But at least as of shortly before 2 p.m. ET, jet dryers finally had taken to the track in an attempt to being drying the concrete surface.

The race was started Saturday night after a 30-minute delay, but was called off after only 48 of the 500 scheduled laps had been run when persistent heavy rain and lightning forced the grandstands to be evacuated a total of three times.

It had been rescheduled to be restarted at the point where it left off at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. But that did not happen after the rain returned in full force again Sunday morning and again in the early afternoon.The Weather.com forecast called for a 35 to 45 percent chance of more rain between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, after which it drops to 20 percent -- making it very likely that the night race that had been turned into a day race will, once again, get underway at nighttime.

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