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Cars back on track at Bristol after rain delay

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- After a second rain delay of more than three hours on Sunday, the Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway resumed on lap 125 of the race's scheduled 500 laps.

Matt Kenseth restarted the race shortly after 7 p.m. ET with the lead but was involved in contact with Timmy Hill during a caution on lap 156. After spending time on pit road for repairs, Kenseth returned to the race in the 29th position.

As Kenseth worked his way back up toward the front, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne spent time as race leaders.

Kenseth moved back into the lead on a restart after a lap 276 caution.

The race was red-flagged early in the afternoon after 124 laps.

When the race was halted, Kenseth was in the lead, Jamie McMurray in second and Brad Keselowski in third after coming off pit road in that order just before the red flag.

The race was already under caution, beginning on lap 118 for tire debris from Jimmie Johnson's car.

Johnson took only left-side tires during a competition caution on lap 50 and remained on the racetrack when another caution came out one lap after the race returned to green.

"The tire has air in it and is fine over there. It's just the tread came off the top of it," Johnson said. "That slowed me down. (I) lost control. I thought I had a flat. (I) came to pit road; the tire wasn't flat, but the tread isn't on it anymore."

According to Goodyear's Rick Heinrich, the issue was a result of excessive wear because Johnson's crew did not change right-side tires during his pit stop and also due to a large amount of camber.

Denny Hamlin started the race from the pole and Keselowski was alongside in second. As soon as the race began, Hamlin lost several positions and Keselowski's Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano, moved toward the front, giving Penske the top-two positions in the running order.

Johnson took the lead by getting off pit road after a two-tire change during the competition caution, with Logano in second and Kenseth in third. After a second caution soon after, Kenseth took the lead as Johnson slowed for his tire issue and Logano dropped back because of a power steering problem.

"There's so much load here and the car is pressing so hard down on the racetrack that it makes it so hard to steer," Logano said. "It feels like it's working against you. I was already huffing and puffing pretty hard, trying to get the thing to turn."

By lap 114, McMurray had moved up to second behind Kenseth and Logano fell off the lead lap. Four laps later, the yellow flag waved for Johnson's tire issue, and then another six laps later, the red flag was displayed.
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