The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Tennessee hills for its first short-track race since the COVID-19 shutdown. Bristol Motor Speedway will play host to Sunday’s Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500.
The Sunday race will run without any practice and qualifying sessions. And just like the last few races, starting line was decided using a random draw. The live coverage of the race will start at 3:30 PM EST. And the national anthem will be performed by Edwin McCain.
Time to take on the Last Great Colosseum. ⚔️
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) May 31, 2020
For the second time since the NASCAR Cup Series came back from the coronavirus lockdown, Brad Keselowski won a random draw to take the pole position on Sunday. Aric Almirola will start alongside him in second place.
Additionally, Keselowski will have a Team Penske colleague behind him, as Joey Logano will begin third alongside Ryan Blaney in the fourth spot. This week, the draw has given Team Penske a golden chance to further extend their lead over the other teams.
Additionally, After the Sunday race, the Bristol Motor Speedway will host the last week’s postponed Xfinity Series race. Last week, Heavy rains at Charlotte forced NASCAR to push the Cup Series race. And as a result, the Xfinity Series race originally planned for Saturday was pushed forward to Monday.
NASCAR will use similar draws to decide the lineup for multiple future races
A random draw decided the starting line up for Sunday’s Bristol race. And NASCAR will be using it again to set the order for the future Cup Series races. Races at Atlanta on June 7, Martinsville on June 10, Homestead-Miami on June 14 and Talladega on June 21 will use the same random draw.
Additionally, all races will run without any practice laps except for Talladega. Talladega will have a 60 minutes practice session a day before the race.