NASCAR starting lineup at Bristol: Kyle Larson on pole as rain cancels qualifying
NASCAR starting lineup at Bristol: Kyle Larson on pole as rain cancels qualifying

Rainy weather Friday afternoon washed out Monster Energy NASCAR Cup qualifying at Bristol, and that's good news for Kyle Larson.

The series points leader will start from the pole Sunday for the Food City 500 as NASCAR lines up the field by owner points. Chase Elliott will start beside him on the front row for the 500-lap race.

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.

Kenseth has the most top-five finishes (13) and top 10s (20) among active Cup drivers at Bristol, along with four wins. His teammate Martin Truex Jr. led the third-most laps at Bristol with 316.

Yet none of the Toyota drivers is as hot as Larson, who recorded his fifth top-two finish in the last six races at Texas nearly two weeks ago.

Morning showers delayed Friday activities at the track, which will now run three, 55-minute practices Friday for each series competing: K&N Pro Series, Xfinity Series and Cup Series. More rain is expected in the area Saturday and Sunday.

Ryan Blaney


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Here is the starting lineup for the Food City 500 (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, Fox).

  1. Kyle Larson

  2. Chase Elliott

  3. Martin Truex Jr.

  4. Brad Keselowski

  5. Joey Logano
  6. Morning showers delayed Friday activities at the track, which will now run three, 55-minute practices Friday for each series competing: K&N Pro Series, Xfinity Series and Cup Series. More rain is expected in the area Saturday and Sunday.

  7. Ryan Blaney

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  9. Kyle Busch

  10. Jamie McMurray

  11. Clint Bowyer

  12. Kevin Harvick

  13. Jimmie Johnson

  14. Trevor Bayne

  15. Ryan Newman

  16. Erik Jones

  17. Kurt Busch

  18. Denny Hamlin

  19. Kasey Kahne

  20. Aric Almirola

  21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

  22. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  23. Austin Dillon

  24. Matt Kenseth

  25. Daniel Suarez

  26. Ty Dillon

  27. AJ Allmendinger

  28. Paul Menard

  29. Chris Buescher

  30. Michael McDowell

  31. Danica Patrick

  32. Landon Cassill

  33. Cole Whitt

  34. Matt DiBenedetto

  35. David Ragan

  36. Reed Sorenson

  37. Corey LaJoie

  38. Gray Gaulding

  39. Jeffrey Earnhardt

  40. Timmy Hill

  41. Derrike Cope

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