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Kyle Larson was racing for his first win of the season. Why that chance is on hold

Kyle Larson, front, and other drivers come down pit road during the Food City 500 on Sunday in Bristol, Tenn. The Elk Grove native is leading the race.
Kyle Larson, front, and other drivers come down pit road during the Food City 500 on Sunday in Bristol, Tenn. The Elk Grove native is leading the race. The Associated Press

Kyle Larson was out front and had his sights set on winning his first Monster Energy race of the season.

However, when rain halted action at Bristol Motor Speedway for the third time Sunday, race officials decided to park the cars and resume Monday.

The Food City 500 is slated to pick up at 10 a.m. PDT. Larson led 74 laps, but the Elk Grove native knows it won't be easy to just pick up where he left off despite being in front when the race resumes.

“It’s hard to get a rhythm with all the rain and stuff and then getting out of your car and getting back in,” the Elk Grove native told The Associated Press.

At the time of the third red flag, 204 laps had been run. Because the event needs 250 laps to be official, the extra day of racing is required.

Larson seems comfortable with his car's performance so far.

“Our McDonald’s Chevy is really fast, I would just like to get some racing going," Larson told NASCAR.com. "But then again, I feel like I always do better or do worse once the track gets a bunch of rubber on it.

“So, if we keep getting all these stops and jet dryers and stuff to take the rubber off the track, maybe it will help us out. But, feeling good about it so far.”

Trailing Larson are Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Among the drivers knocked out of the race is Ryan Blaney. He led 100 laps before being involved in a crash.

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