|Race 8 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series|
|Date||April 15–16, 2018|
|Location||Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee|
Permanent racing facility|
0.533 mi (0.858 km)
|Distance||500 laps, 266.5 mi (429 km)|
|Average speed||77.465 miles per hour (124.668 km/h)|
|Driver||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|No. 18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip|
|Nielsen Ratings||1.4 (Overnight)|
|Radio in the United States|
|Booth Announcers||Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini|
|Turn Announcers||Rob Albright (Backstretch)|
The 2018 Food City 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on April 15 and 16, 2018, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. The second half of the race was postponed to April 16 due to rain. Contested over 500 laps on the 0.533 miles (0.858 km) concrete short track, it was the eighth race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Bristol Motor Speedway, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway, is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating.
|1||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||14.774||129.877|
|2||20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||14.774||129.877|
|3||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||14.799||129.657|
|Official first practice results|
|1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||14.879||14.878||14.895|
|2||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||14.946||14.871||14.897|
|3||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||15.124||14.988||14.960|
|4||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||15.074||15.052||14.961|
|5||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||15.051||14.953||14.969|
|6||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||15.197||15.018||14.985|
|7||21||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||15.042||15.066||14.993|
|8||88||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||15.051||15.053||15.010|
|9||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||15.108||15.183||15.029|
|10||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||15.004||15.176||15.041|
|11||24||William Byron (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||15.190||15.043||15.053|
|12||19||Daniel Suárez||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||15.132||15.069||15.153|
|13||20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||15.195||15.071||—|
|14||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||15.091||15.086||—|
|15||95||Kasey Kahne||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||15.178||15.095||—|
|16||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||15.138||15.105||—|
|17||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||15.103||15.112||—|
|18||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||15.139||15.136||—|
|19||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||15.183||15.144||—|
|20||43||Darrell Wallace Jr. (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||15.163||15.178||—|
|21||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||15.216||15.181||—|
|22||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||15.190||15.196||—|
|23||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||15.135||15.204||—|
|24||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Go Fas Racing||Ford||15.223||15.285||—|
|25||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||15.383||—||—|
|26||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||15.410||—||—|
|27||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||15.256||—||—|
|28||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||15.257||—||—|
|29||15||Ross Chastain (i)||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||15.320||—||—|
|30||23||Gray Gaulding||BK Racing||Toyota||15.358||—||—|
|31||00||Landon Cassill||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||15.360||—||—|
|32||13||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||15.477||—||—|
|33||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||15.499||—||—|
|34||72||Corey LaJoie||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||15.755||—||—|
|35||96||D. J. Kennington||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota||15.807||—||—|
|36||55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||15.810||—||—|
|37||51||Harrison Rhodes||Rick Ware Racing||Toyota||16.253||—||—|
|38||66||Chad Finchum (i)||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||16.735||—||—|
|39||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||0.000||—||—|
|Official qualifying results|
|1||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||14.874||129.004|
|2||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||14.880||128.952|
|3||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||14.881||128.943|
|Official second practice results|
|1||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||15.051||127.487|
|2||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||15.100||127.073|
|3||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||15.109||126.997|
|Official final practice results|
Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag at 1:13 p.m. The first caution flew on lap 5 for a multi-car wreck involving Chase Elliott, William Byron, Martin Truex, Jr., Daniel Suárez, A.J. Allmendinger, Ross Chastain, Michael McDowell, David Ragan, and Chad Finchum.
The race restarted on lap 10, It went back under caution again for the second time on lap 17 for a two-car wreck in turn 2, involving A.J. Allmendinger and Jamie McMurray, The race restarted on lap 23 and the third caution flew for rain, and later intensified and the race was red flagged, After 25 minutes and 25 seconds, the race went back under caution.
The race restarted on lap 68. Caution flew the fifth time for another multi-car wreck on lap 119 involving Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray, Chris Buescher, David Ragan, Harrison Rhodes, and Trevor Bayne, This brought out the red flag for the second time of the race to facilitate cleanup in turn 3, After 6 minutes and 29 minutes, The red flag was lifted and the race went back under caution.
The race restarted on lap 125. It remained green the remainder of the stage, that was won by Brad Keselowski, and went back under caution for the sixth time on lap 127 for the end of the stage.
The race restarted on lap 135, Kyle Larson passed Keselowski to take the lead, The seventh caution flew on lap 156 when Trevor Bayne spun out in turn 4, Rain returned moments later and the red flag was displayed for the third time, After 26 minutes and 54 seconds, the race went back under caution, and the race restarted on lap 170.
Caution flew again for the eighth time for rain on lap 204, Persistent precipitation in the eastern Tennessee mountains delayed the restart of the race, and the cars went back to pit road as the red flag was displayed for the fourth time, Eventually, The remainder of the race was postponed until Monday.
When the race resumed on Monday, A mixture of rain and sleet fell on the track around lunchtime Monday, and track dryers were busy much of the day. Cars finally returned to the track at 1:32 p.m. ET, about a half-hour later than scheduled.
The race restarted on lap 218, Brad Keselowski won the second stage and the ninth caution flew for the conclusion of the stage. Following in the top 10 were Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Larson, Stenhouse, Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Wallace.
The race restarted on lap 262, and it remained green for 63 laps.
Contact from Ryan Newman sent Kyle Larson sliding through the center of the track on lap 324, bringing out the tenth caution, Larson, who had one of the race’s strongest cars, avoided contact with the wall and stayed on the lead lap.
The race restarted on lap 366, No one should have been surprised after two days of nasty weather, but rain returned on lap 391, bringing out the twelfth caution, Kyle Busch held a 1.1-second lead over Larson.
The race restarted on lap 400.
Brad Keselowski, one of the race’s leaders, slapped the wall on lap 471 after a tire issue, bringing out the thirteenth caution and wiping out leader Larson’s five-second advantage over second-place Stenhouse. Keselowski’s Ford suffered minor damage.
The race restarted on lap 479, Kyle Busch remained sizzling hot, taking the lead on Kyle Larson on lap 494 and winning for the second consecutive week after prevailing at Texas the previous weekend.
"The long delays get you in and out of your game, but you just gotta focus," Busch said in victory lane. "I can't say enough about this Skittles Toyota Camry. We knew it was going to be good in the long runs. We weren't quite as good as the 42 (Larson) on that long run before that last caution came out. I actually thought I had a tire going down, but we were able to get some tires on it and gave it everything we had.
Stage 1 Laps: 125
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||10|
|2||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||9|
|3||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||8|
|4||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||7|
|5||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||6|
|6||20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||5|
|7||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||4|
|8||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||3|
|9||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||2|
|10||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||1|
|Official stage one results|
Stage 2 Laps: 125
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||10|
|2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||9|
|3||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||8|
|4||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||7|
|5||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||6|
|6||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||5|
|7||88||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||4|
|8||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||3|
|9||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||2|
|10||43||Darrell Wallace Jr. (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||1|
|Official stage two results|
Final Stage Results
Stage 3 Laps: 250
|1||1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||49|
|2||6||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||500||47|
|3||17||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||46|
|4||4||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||500||39|
|5||8||88||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||36|
|6||19||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Hass Racing||Ford||500||34|
|7||39||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||500||33|
|8||14||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||500||37|
|9||10||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||500||28|
|10||30||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||36|
|11||12||19||Daniel Suárez||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||26|
|12||23||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||500||25|
|13||7||21||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||499||24|
|14||25||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||499||30|
|15||21||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||499||24|
|16||20||43||Darrell Wallace Jr. (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||499||22|
|17||18||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||499||27|
|18||11||24||William Byron (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||498||19|
|19||31||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||498||18|
|20||29||00||Landon Cassill||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||498||17|
|21||24||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Go Fas Racing||Ford||497||16|
|22||2||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||496||17|
|23||3||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||495||34|
|24||33||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||495||13|
|25||34||72||Corey LaJoie||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||494||12|
|26||13||20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||494||16|
|27||35||96||D. J. Kennington||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota||482||10|
|28||32||13||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||475||9|
|29||16||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||473||8|
|30||26||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||458||7|
|31||28||23||Gray Gaulding||BK Racing||Toyota||448||6|
|32||36||55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||342||5|
|33||38||66||Chad Finchum (i)||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||335||0|
|34||15||95||Kasey Kahne||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||236||3|
|35||5||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||117||2|
|36||22||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||116||1|
|37||37||51||Harrison Rhodes||Rick Ware Racing||Toyota||115||1|
|38||9||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||9||1|
|39||29||15||Ross Chastain (i)||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||3||0|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 8 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 13 for 114
- Red flags: 3 for 18 hours 58 minutes and 48 seconds
- Time of race: 3 hours, 26 minutes and 25 seconds
- Average speed: 77.465 miles per hour (124.668 km/h)
Fox Sports covered their 18th race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Mike Joy, five-time Bristol winner Jeff Gordon and 12-time Bristol winner – and all-time Bristol race winner – Darrell Waltrip had the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum handled the pit road duties for the television side.
|Fox Sports Television|
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
PRN had the radio call for the race which was also be simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini called the race in the booth when the field was racing down the frontstretch. Rob Albright called the race from atop the turn 3 suites when the field raced down the backstretch. Brad Gillie, Brett Mcmillan, Jim Noble, and Steve Richards covered the action on pit lane.
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
|Backstretch: Rob Albright||Brad Gillie|
Standings after the race
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