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Race Information: NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race at Bristol

Race Info

Race: NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

Race Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021 Monday, March 29, 2021

Time: 3:30 PM ET 4:00 PM ET

Green Flag Time: 4:00 PM ET 4:18 PM ET

Broadcast: FOX (TV) — PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR (Radio)

Laps: 250

Stage 1: 100 laps  —  Stage 2: 100 laps  —  Stage 3: 50 laps

To The Rear: 5 – Kyle Larson (Engine Change), 21 – Matt DiBenedetto (Unapproved Adjustments), 34 – Michael McDowell (Unapproved Adjustments)

Pre/Post-Race Stats and Information


2021 NASCAR Cup Series Driver / Team Chart
Team Charters
Pre-Race Driver Standings
Entry List
Heat Race Starting Lineups
Heat Races Canceled by weather
Practice 1 Results
Final Practice Results
Race Starting Lineup
Team Rosters
Pit Stall Map


Race Results
In-Race Penalty Report
Post-Race Driver Standings
Post-Race Owner Standings
Loop Data

Weekend Schedule

No practice / qualifying

  • Friday, March 26th — 4:05 PM ET — Practice 1 on FS1
  • Friday, March 26th — 7:25 PM ET — Final Practice on FS1
  • Saturday, March 27th — 6:00 PM ET — Heat Race 1 (15 Laps) on FS1
  • Saturday, March 27th — 6:15 PM ET — Heat Race 2 (15 Laps) on FS1
  • Saturday, March 27th — 6:30 PM ET — Heat Race 3 (15 Laps) on FS1
  • Saturday, March 27th — 6:45 PM ET — Heat Race 4 (15 Laps) on FS1
  • Sunday, March 28th– 3:30 PM ET — Race (Stages 100/200/250 Laps = 125 Miles) on FOX

Race Preview

Where to begin on this one? The NASCAR Cup Series will compete in their first dirt race since 1970 on Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. While no driver in the field has had experience in a Cup Series car on dirt, several of the drivers that will make up the field on Sunday have quite a bit of dirt experience.

Kyle Larson, who has been in the running for just about every race win in 2021, has to be the favorite. Larson had a dirt season for the ages last year, winning more than 40 events, which paved the way to getting him back into a premier ride in the NASCAR Cup Series for 2021.

Larson will have to contend with Christopher Bell, his long time rival in the battle for the Chili Bowl Nationals. Both drivers have a win in their back pockets heading into this race, and have very little to lose. Expect them both to be very aggressive.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon are two other drivers expected to have a decent shot at competing for a win.

Stenhouse is a frequent competitor on the sprint car dirt scene, and Dillon has a previous win in the Truck Series on the dirt at Eldora, and Dillon also took a victory in this past week’s Bristol Dirt Nationals.

There are also dirt ringers like Chris Windom (driving Rick Ware Racing’s No. 15 entry), Mike Marlar (driving MBM’s No. 66) and Shane Golobic (driving Live Fast Motorsports’ No. 78) that could surprise with decent finishes this weekend.

That being said, expect the absolute unexpected as we have NO idea what this race will bring this weekend.

Race Stories / Video Highlights / Recap

Race Information: NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race at Bristol

NASCAR, Bristol Motor Speedway Returning to The Dirt in 2022

Video: Larson, Bowman, Kyle Busch Involved In Frontstretch Pile-up In Bristol

Video: Christopher Bell Spins, Collects Kyle Larson and Ross Chastain

Video: Almirola, Alfredo Exit Food City Dirt Race Early Following Multi-Car Pileup

Matt DiBenedetto and Michael McDowell Forced to The Rear of The Pack After Unapproved Adjustments

Chase Briscoe Piloting Roper Racing No. 04 in Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol

All NASCAR On-Track Activity For Saturday Canceled Thanks To Track Conditions In Bristol

Food City Dirt Race Gets Competition Adjustments After Meeting With Teams, Goodyear

Ryan Blaney Paces Final Practice for Food City Dirt Race at Bristol

Kyle Larson’s Team Changing Engine, Will Start in Rear of Saturday Bristol Heat Race and Sunday’s Main Event

Alex Bowman Tops Opening Cup Practice at Bristol’s Dirt Track

Spire Motorsports Promoting NASCAR Trucks At Knoxville for Bristol Dirt Race

William Byron Tames Bristol Dirt For Fourth eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Win

Mike Marlar Running Double Duty on The Dirt with MBM Motorsports and Hill Motorsports at Bristol

NASCAR, Bristol Motor Speedway Unveil Heat Race Format and Rules For Cup Series Dirt Race

Chris Windom Making NASCAR Cup Series Debut with NOS Energy in Food City Dirt Race at Bristol

Tide, Food City Partner with Richard Petty Motorsports, Erik Jones for Food City Dirt Race

The NASCAR Cup Series to Return to Dirt For the First Time Since 1970 in 2021 at Bristol

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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