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

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For the second week in a row, Kyle Larson will lead the field of 38 to the green flag in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350.

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For the second week in a row, Kyle Larson will lead the field of 38 to the green flag in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350.

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.

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

  • Kyle Larson

  • Chase Elliott

  • Martin Truex Jr.

  • Brad Keselowski

  • Joey Logano

  • Ryan Blaney

  • Kyle Busch

  • Jamie McMurray

  • Clint Bowyer

  • Kevin Harvick

  • Jimmie Johnson

  • Trevor Bayne

  • Ryan Newman

  • Erik Jones

  • Kurt Busch

  • Denny Hamlin

  • Kasey Kahne

  • Aric Almirola

  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Austin Dillon

  • Matt Kenseth

  • Daniel Suarez

  • Ty Dillon

  • AJ Allmendinger

  • Paul Menard

  • Chris Buescher

  • Michael McDowell

  • Danica Patrick

  • Landon Cassill

  • Cole Whitt

  • Matt DiBenedetto

  • David Ragan

  • Reed Sorenson

  • Corey LaJoie

  • Gray Gaulding

  • Jeffrey Earnhardt

  • Timmy Hill

  • Derrike Cope

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