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Rain swamps Bristol dirt track; NASCAR to try again Monday

The Goodyear tire provided for the Cup cars doesn’t seem suited for the dirt surface and NASCAR is worried.
Damaged vendor tents sit in a flooded area near Bristol Motor Speedway as races for both the...
Damaged vendor tents sit in a flooded area near Bristol Motor Speedway as races for both the Truck Series and NASCAR Cup Series auto race was postponed due to inclement weather, Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)(Wade Payne | Associated Press)
Published: Mar. 28, 2021 at 4:14 PM EDT
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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR will try to run its first Cup Series race on dirt since 1970 on Monday after heavy rain swamped Bristol Motor Speedway. The converted track already was facing challenges before torrential overnight rain flooded the grounds surrounding the speedway.

The Goodyear tire provided for the Cup cars doesn’t seem suited for the dirt surface and NASCAR is worried about multiple tire failures when the event finally goes green.

The muddy track currently is too thick to avoid caking driver windshields, but the dirt has taken on enough water that thick dust may not be a problem Monday.

According to ESPN, “The first Cup Series race on dirt since 1970 was rescheduled for 4 p.m. Monday; trucks were set to run at noon.”