Rain gives rookie Larson top spot at Richmond

FILE - In this April 27, 2013, file photo, Matt Kenseth, front right, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. From 2-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, fans can walk the entire track, enjoy live music, tour a NASCAR hauler and visit key spots in the track's history. Track president Dennis Bickmeier says the idea spawned from a survey the track did with ticker-holders who stopped coming. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
FILE - In this April 27, 2013, file photo, Matt Kenseth, front right, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. From 2-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, fans can walk the entire track, enjoy live music, tour a NASCAR hauler and visit key spots in the track's history. Track president Dennis Bickmeier says the idea spawned from a survey the track did with ticker-holders who stopped coming. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rookie Kyle Larson will start from the pole position Saturday night in the NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway after a thunderstorm arrived just in time to wash out qualifying.

The field was set based on the fastest laps run in the first practice Friday. The top starting spot comes in just the 13th Sprint Cup Series race for Larson. Larson’s top lap of 126.880 mph came on the third of 70 laps in the session.

Brad Keselowski will start on the outside of the front row, with Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne in the second row.

Defending race winner Kevin Harvick will start fifth, and points leader Jeff Gordon will start 25th.

 

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