NASCAR at Bristol: TV schedule, dates, times, qualifying drivers for Food City 500

After a week off for Easter, NASCAR returns to action this weekend at one of the sport'sfavorite tracks — Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR at Bristol: TV schedule, dates, times, qualifying drivers for Food City 500

NASCAR at Bristol: TV schedule, dates, times, qualifying drivers for Food City 500

Known as "The Last Great Colosseum," Bristol is a half-mile track with steep banking, two pit roads, andstadium-like seating. The Tennessee track has hosted races since 1961 and always seems to bring out polarizing tempers in drivers as they try to maneuver around lapped traffic and impatient competition.

After seven races to begin the season, Kyle Larson is on top of the points standings, followed by Chase Elliott (-17), Martin Truex Jr. (-40), Brad Keselowski (-41) and Joey Logano (-72).

Matt Kenseth, who sits a disappointing 22nd in the standings, is in need of a win and it may come at the track where he won the Food City 500 in 2015.Joe Gibbs Racing has won four of the past eight spring races at Bristol and could use another triumph as Toyota sits last in the manufacturing standings entering Sunday's race.

This week, the NASCAR Xfinity Series joins the Cup Series at The World's Fastest Half-Mile.

Here's the full schedule:


NASCAR at Bristol schedule, TV channel info


(All times ET)

Friday, April 21


11:30 a.m.-12:55 p.m.:Cup Series practice, FS1

1-1:55 p.m.: Xfinity Series practice, FS1

3:30-4:25 p.m.: Xfinity Series final practice, FS1

4:45 p.m.: Cup Series qualifying, FS1

Saturday, April 22


8:30-9:25 a.m.: Cup Series practice, FS1

9:35 a.m.: Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1

11-11:55 a.m.: Cup Series final practice, FS1

1 p.m.: Xfinity Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 (300 laps, 159.9 miles), FS1


What time does the NASCAR race at Bristolstart?


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 begins April 23at 2p.m. ETand can be seen on Fox and the Fox Sports Go app.


What are the stage lengths for NASCAR at Bristol?


The Food City 500, which is 500laps (266.5 miles)will be broken into three stages. Stage 1 ends on lap 125, Stage 2 ends on lap 250and the final stage ends on lap 500.

The Xfinity Series race at Bristolwill be broken into three stages: Lap 85, Lap 170and Lap 300.


Which NASCAR drivers are racing at Bristol?


Only 39Cup drivers will be racing in the Food City500, meaning all drivers will make the race andqualifying will decide their starting position.


Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order:


AJ Allmendinger

Aric Almirola

Austin Dillon

Brad Keselowski

Chase Elliott

Chris Buescher

Clint Bowyer

Cole Whitt

Corey LaJoie

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Danica Patrick

Daniel Suarez

David Ragan

Denny Hamlin

Derrike Cope

Erik Jones

Gray Gaulding

Jamie McMurray

Jeffrey Earnhardt


Only 39Cup drivers will be racing in the Food City500, meaning all drivers will make the race andqualifying will decide their starting position.


Jimmie Johnson

Joey Logano

Kasey Kahne

Kevin Harvick

Kurt Busch

Kyle Busch

Kyle Larson

Landon Cassill

Martin Truex Jr.

Matt DiBenedetto

Matt Kenseth

Michael McDowell

Paul Menard

Reed Sorenson

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Ryan Blaney

Ryan Newman

Timmy Hill

Trevor Bayne

Ty Dillon
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