Rain washes out NASCAR race at Bristol until Monday

Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads Paul Menard and Kyle Busch during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Friday

Rain washes out NASCAR race at Bristol until Monday

"I didn't know whether we had a winning vehicle or not".

Ryan Blaney finished second - the same result he's had in all three Xfinity Series races he's entered.

He later had to hold Blaney off on a three-lap shootout at the finish to earn the eighth Xfinity Series race of his career.

"I'm going to be the first one to fight and to wait it out, and we demonstrated that over the years - we had some late nights here", BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell said. So most of the field treated Friday as if it was their only time to prepare for Sunday's race.

Once the race goes green, points leader Kyle Larson will start from the pole after qualifying was washed out on Friday afternoon.

Jones was penalized for speeding on pit road and restarted 15th with 65 laps remaining. "We have to fight those guys in order to go out there and get the win for ourselves".

Added Jones: "We had an okay auto all day". The 42 (Larson) was really fast all day. "I don't think there's any reason for cause for concern yet". We just kept getting restarts in the right spot. I'm hopeful that once we burn through some of that top surface, and we get through to where we're starting to wear it away, then the outside groove will come into play. The decisive pass occurred as both drove into Turn 1.

"A couple other runs that we've had here we've been OK, maybe third or fourth, and I try something and I lose the nose", he said. "We were kind of messed up on momentum there. That's hard racing. I knew I pushed the issue".

Jones nudged the left rear bumper of Blaney's vehicle and the contact upset Blaney's handling and he drifted out of racing groove, allowing Jones to take the lead.

But Larson's vehicle wasn't the same after a rain delay that came during the second segment and lasted an hour and 40 minutes.

The Dash 4 Cash wound up being a war of attrition.

In all, seven different drivers led Saturday and there were 15 lead changes.

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