• Busch beats out Larson to win rain-delayed race at Bristol

    By: STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer

    Updated:
    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway (all times local):

    3:30 p.m.

    Kyle Busch has won the rain-delayed Cup Series race on a cold, dark day at Bristol Motor Speedway.

    Busch passed Kyle Larson with five laps remaining to win his second straight Cup Series race.

    It is Busch's 45th career Cup win and marks the fifth time in his career that he has won back-to-back races; he won last week at Texas.

    It also Busch's seventh victory at Bristol.

    Larson finished second while Jimmie Johnson finished third to claim his first top-five finish of the season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fourth and Alex Bowman finished fifth.

    Larson led 200 of the 500 laps but had to hold off Busch and Stenhouse after a restart with 22 laps remaining in the race.

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    2:50 p.m.

    Bubba Wallace now knows what it is like to run up front in a Cup Series race.

    Wallace passed Busch, the pole sitter, with 126 laps remaining to lead a Cup race for the first time in his career.

    It didn't last long though. Busch passed Wallace a short time later on the half-mile track before a brief yellow flag for rain.

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    1:55 p.m.

    Brad Keselowski has captured the second stage of the Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in what is now an official race. Keselowski also won stage one.

    NASCAR is hoping to complete the entire 500 laps.

    Keselowski passed Kyle Larson with seven laps remaining in the second stage with a bump-and-run move. Larson tried to chase him down but didn't have the grip on the tires to catch him.

    Keselowski said of his car: "We are screaming."

    The race was delayed about 35 minutes Monday after being postponed Sunday after 204 laps because of rain.

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    1:30 p.m.

    Cars are back on the track at Bristol Motor Speedway, and NASCAR hopes to complete the Cup Series race following yet another 35-minute rain delay.

    The race had been set to resume at 1 p.m. after being postponed Sunday. NASCAR aims to complete the entire 500-lap race.

    Kyle Larson leads the race with 296 laps left. Drivers need to complete 46 more laps for the race to be official.

    Larson led 74 of the 204 laps completed Sunday before the race was postponed following a third red flag because of rain. Denny Hamlin is second, Paul Menard third and pole-sitter Kyle Busch fourth.

    Brad Keselowski won stage one. Ryan Blaney led 99 laps Sunday before wrecking.

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    11:30 a.m.

    NASCAR hopes to complete the Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday after early-morning snow and rain let up.

    The race is set to resume at 1 p.m.

    The forecast calls for cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 40s, but no rain.

    Kyle Larson leads with 296 laps left in the 500-lap race. Drivers need to complete 46 more laps for the race to be official.

    Larson led 74 of the 204 laps completed Sunday before the race was postponed following a third red flag because of rain. Denny Hamlin is second, Paul Menard third and pole-sitter Kyle Busch fourth.

    Brad Keselowski won stage one. Ryan Blaney led 99 laps Sunday before wrecking.

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