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Carl Edwards wins rain-delayed Food City 500

By Jordan Conigliaro, jconigliaro@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 16 2014 12:00:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 16 2014 10:36:20 PM CDT

Carl Edwards wins the rain-delayed Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

BRISTOL, Tenn. -

UPDATE 9:35: Carl Edwards wins rain-delayed Food City 500.

The rain caused two delays lasting more than five hours. Just as Edwards closed in on the checkered flag, the yellow caution lights came on with two laps remaining.
    
No one was sure what the caution was for, and Edwards' crew chief even wondered if water damage might have inadvertently caused the lights to turn on.
    
Then the sky suddenly opened and NASCAR had no choice but to declare the race over.
    
Edwards led Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. across the finish line. Aric Almirola from Richard Petty Motorsports was third as Ford drivers swept the top three spots.

UPDATE 7:17: The Food City 500 has resumed at Bristol Motor Speedway. The race was red-flagged for more than three hours this afternoon because of rain.

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UPDATE 4:00: The rain returned to Bristol Motor Speedway 124 laps into the Food City 500. The race is currently red-flagged. Matt Kenseth is the current leader.

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UPDATE 2:50: After a roughly 90-minute rain delay the Food City 500 is underway at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Stay with News 5 WCYB for the latest updates from BMS.

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NASCAR has announced that pre-race ceremonies for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway have been shortened in an effort to start the race as quickly as possible.

Track drying is currently underway.

Stay with News 5 WCYB for the latest updates.

EARLIER:

Pre-race ceremonies at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 have been delayed due to rain.

BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell has released this statement:

“At this time, the NASCAR Sprint Cup pre-race and Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway are on hold due to weather. There appears to be a mid to late afternoon window and we are hopeful to begin drying the track at that time for the running of the event."

Stay with News 5 WCYB for the latest updates.