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

The tripleheader weekend at Bristol begins Wednesday night with the Truck Series UNOH 200.

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

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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