The Cup Series returns to the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway and will run over Easter for the first time since 1989.
In the first eight races of the season, there have been seven different winners. William Byrne became the only multiple-time winner this year with a win last weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
This marks the third consecutive Cup race on a track less than 1 mile in length. Denny Hamlin takes the win in Richmond before Byron’s Martinsville victory.
Details for Sunday’s Cup Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
(All Times Eastern)
Start: The command to start the engine at 7:08 pm will be given by Pastor Max Lucado… Program to hoist the green flag at 7:14 pm
Preparation: The Cup Garage opens at 3 p.m. … Driver Introduction is 6:30 p.m. … Mike Rif, Vancent (Virginia) Church of Christ, will call at 7 p.m. … National Anthem by Gary LeVox at 7:01 p.m. Will go
distance: The race is 250 laps (125 mi) on a half-mile dirt track.
phase: Stage 1 ends on lap 75. Stage 2 ends on lap 150.
TV / Radio: Fox will broadcast the race at 7 p.m. Pre-race coverage will begin at 4:30 p.m. with FS1 broadcasting the Bristol Easter Celebration. NASCAR Race Day Runs until 5:30 p.m. and goes to Fox at 6 p.m. … The Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 6 p.m. and will also stream on goprn.com; SiriusXM will broadcast NASCAR Radio PRN.
forecast: Underground weather – Partly cloudy, maximum 64 degrees, 4% chance of rain around the start of the race
starting lineup: Bristol Dirt Cup starting lineup
Last time: Joey Logano won last year’s opening ceremony, which was held on Monday as rain forced the postponement of the event. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was in second place. Denny Hamlin finished third.
Pay attention to NBC Sports coverage:
Friday 5: Another chance for the dirt race in Bristol but what next?
Kyle Larson: Why race on dirt if NASCAR won’t remove the windshield?
Dr Deandra: Dirt on Bristol’s dirt tires
Cup Drivers to See in Bristol
NASCAR addresses Martinsville race, RFK violation, Ty Gibbs penalty
The Spectator’s Guide to Dirt Races in Bristol