NASCAR at Bristol live results, updates, highlights from Food City Dirt Race

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The Food City Dirt Race is among the most unpredictable of Cup Series competitions, a murky mix of mud, speed and aggression. It’s not for the faint of heart; just ask Tyler Reddick, who saw his bid for a first NASCAR Cup Series win fall just short in last year’s race.

Some are more equipped than others to thrive on the tricky surface. Kyle Larson, for example, is a decorated dirt-track driver, with 26 career wins on the surface. 

Larson has dealt with his fair share of heartbreak at Bristol, too; in 2018, he fell to Kyle Busch, who executed a perfect bump-and-run move to displace the dominant Larson and cruise to his seventh win at the Last Colosseum of Racing.

But now the dirt has come out again. The 0.533-mile track is a tempest of grime. And Larson is one of NASCAR’s best drivers, who’s further buoyed by some of the best technology in the division.

So it seems only a matter of time before the driver of the No. 5 car captures a victory on the Bristol dirt. Is this the year?

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The Sporting News is tracking live updates and results from Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Food City Dirt Race. Follow below for all the highlights and key moments.

NASCAR at Bristol live updates, highlights from 2023 race

(All times Eastern)

8:29 p.m.: CAUTION! It’s Preece who takes a tumble now, twirling along the track after wobbling while curling around the bend. Yet another caution flag waved. It’s still Reddick leading the pack.

8:26 p.m.: Logano and Suarez get into it under green, forcing the No. 22 car into pit road. Still under green, however.

8:20 p.m.: CAUTION! Michael McDowell spins in the middle of the track shortly after the race restart. Impressively, he makes a 360 turn, rotating without touching another car. He looks to have escaped the tricky situation unscathed.

8:17 p.m.: Ryan Preece had some choice words for Larson under caution. Looks like he wasn’t pleased with Larson’s exploits while coming down the turn.

8:14 p.m.: CAUTION! Jonathan Davenport’s car spins halfway up the track while strolling into the turn. Yet another caution flag out here at Bristol.

8:12 p.m.: We’re back to green at Bristol. It’s Tyler Reddick at the front of the pack, with 23XI Racing teammate Wallace not too far behind.

8:05 p.m.: Denny Hamlin took a big blow at the end of the stage, with a chunk of his front bumper getting taken out after getting into a collision.

7:54 p.m.: CAUTION! Stage ends up caution, with Larson picking up the stage victory.

7:52 p.m.: Some competitive racing by Busch and Dillon, who are competing for second and third. Criss-crossing through the dust on the restart. Eight laps remaining and it’s still Larson at the front.

7:46 p.m.: CAUTION! It’s Brad Keselowski who spins out, prompting the waving of the canary-colored flag. Third caution of the day.

7:45 p.m.: Busch flying his way up the track. He might be the only driver at the moment that can match the speed of first-place Larson.

7:44 p.m.: Richard Childress Racing well-represented in the front of the field. Dillon and Kyle Busch sitting in second and third, respectively, as we approach 20 laps left in the opening stage.

7:42 p.m.: Back to green and Blaney making major strides up the field. He’s in fifth now, rotating through the middle of the track when he rolls through turns.

7:35 p.m.: CAUTION! Matt Crafton spills into the wall, holding up the likes of Logano. We’re back to yellow with 37 laps left in Stage 1.

7:34 p.m.: Logano making major waves since his early collision. Already risen 10 spot since the race restart.

7:30 p.m.: Back to green! Can already see the track starting to change from dark brown to a more lukewarm orange.

7:20 p.m.: CAUTION! Bubba Wallace slips around Turn 2, collecting Joey Logano, William Byron and Austin Dillon. Looks like Logano took the worst of it.

7:18 p.m.: Things are really slick to start. Lots of wobbles as cars get around the bend. Track is a bit slimy at the moment, but should dry off as time goes on.

7:17 p.m.: And we’re off!

7:16 p.m.: Chase Briscoe is widely believed to be among the best dirt racers in the field. But he’ll be racing compromised after fracturing his left middle finger during the week.

7:14 p.m.: Austin Dillon reporting that the surface is a little slick. That should make things that much more difficult for drivers.

7:11 p.m.: Not everyone is a dirt track fan. Case in point: Larson, who has put together quite the resume on clay.

7:09 p.m.: Engines officially being started up. We’re on the cusp of yet another Bristol dirt race.

7:00 p.m.: Pre-race prayer currently being conducted. Race will start in approximately 15 minutes.

What channel is the NASCAR race at Bristol on today?

  • TV channel: Fox (U.S.) | TSN3 (Canada)
  • Live stream:, Fubo

This year’s Food City Dirt Race will be broadcast on Fox in the United States. Canadian viewers can follow the action on TSN3.

Mike Joy will serve as the race’s lap-by-lap announcer. He’ll be joined in the booth by former Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart.

Cord-cutters can find Sunday’s race on, as well as Fubo, which offers a free trial in the U.S.

What time does the NASCAR race at Bristol start today?

  • Date: Sunday, April 9
  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET

Sunday’s race has a 7 p.m. ET listed start time, but pre-race activities are expected to push the waving of the green flag to 7:14 p.m. ET.

Food City Dirt Race starting lineup 2023

Starting pos. Driver Car No. Team
1 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
2 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
3 J.J. Yeley 15 Rick Ware Racing
4 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
5 Kyle Busch 8 Richard Childress Racing
6 Tyler Reddick 45 23XI Racing
7 Austin Cindric 2 Team Penske
8 Ryan Preece 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
9 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
10 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
11 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
12 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
13 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
14 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
15 Todd Gilliland 38 Front Row Motorsports
16 Ross Chastain 1 Trackhouse Racing
17 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
18 Erik Jones 43 Legacy Motor Club
19 Aric Almiorla 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
20 Harrison Burton 21 Wood Brothers Racing
21 Jonathan Davenport 13 Kaulig Racing
22 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
23 Ty Gibbs 54 Joe Gibbs Racing
24 Matt Crafton 51 Rick Ware Racing
25 Justin Haley 31 Kaulig Racing
26 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
27 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
28 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
29 A.J. Allmendinger 16 Kaulig Racing
30 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
31 Josh Berry 9 Hendrick Motorsports
32 Ty Dillon 77 Spire Motorsports
33 Brad Keselowski 6 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
34 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing
35 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
36 Noah Gragson 42 Legacy Motor Club
37 B.J. McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports

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