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Bristol GM: Race set for Monday, Noon ET in event of Sunday washout

Mar 15, 2014, 6:49 PM EST

Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell has issued the following statement regarding the projected rain-filled forecast for tomorrow’s Food City 500:

By now, nearly everyone has seen Sunday’s weather forecast and  expressed questions regarding plans. NASCAR has a nearly 70-year history of working with tracks to get races in on the scheduled date.

In Bristol Motor Speedway, we have a track that dries in less than an hour, equipment here to do it, and lights that allow us to go well into the evening.

We are very hopeful and fully intend to run the Food City 500 tomorrow. If by chance that does not happen, we are prepared to race Monday at noon. But that is a backup plan we hope to not need.

As reported by MotorSportsTalk colleague Jerry Bonkowski this morning, the National Weather Service is calling for a 100 percent chance of rain in the Bristol, Tennessee/Tri-Cities region tomorrow afternoon.

That chance only dips to 80 percent in the region for tomorrow night. The 500-lap race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET.

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