Heavy rain continued to pour near the area of Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee where NASCAR’s Food City Dirt Race was slated to be held this weekend. It was supposed to be the first Cup Series on a dirt surface in nearly 51 years, but the event will have to wait for at least another day, as it’s been decided that the race will be rescheduled for Monday at 4 p.m. ET because of inclement weather.
NEWS: Today’s NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series races have been postponed at @BMSupdates.
Schedule for Monday:
4 PM ET: Food City Dirt Race (FOX)
12 PM ET: Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt (FS1) pic.twitter.com/VR5Vu5EVMw
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 28, 2021
Here’s a view of the Bristol Motor Speedway’s vicinity just hours before the original schedule of the Food City Dirt Race, as provided by Daniel Baldwin.
I have NEVER seen the water this high before at @BMSupdates #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/gbTupU0B0i
— DannyBTalks (Daniel Baldwin) (@DannyBTalks) March 28, 2021
Baldwin is an avid NASCAR fan who regularly posts videos about racing on his YouTube channel. He has been to countless events since 2009 but claimed that he had never encountered this level of calamity near the area of the track on a race day.
“I’ve seen it flooded in that area before but never quite to the point where the entire area was inaccessible,” Baldwin told The Observer.
Heat races for both the Cup and Truck Series were already canceled on Saturday due to the pouring rain. Initially, trucks still attempted to push through with the heat races but the speedway’s condition was still in bad shape at the start of the heat. NASCAR eventually red-flagged the qualifying event after one lap due to the developments of the situation.