Kyle Larson claimed the pole for Monday’s Food City Dirt Race (4 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the NASCAR Cup Series, taking the No. 1 starting position after Saturday’s qualifying races were rained out at Bristol Motor Speedway. Sunday’s race was moved back to Monday due to flooding and safety concerns after heavy rains hit the area once again.
Larson was awarded the top spot based on performance metrics, using the formula that has set the starting lineups in other races where practice and qualifying were not held. His No. 5 Chevrolet, however, is expected to drop to the rear of the 39-car field after his Hendrick Motorsports crew changed engines after Friday’s final practice.
Four 15-lap qualifying races were scheduled for Saturday to set the starting lineup. Those were to include incentives for drivers who improved their positions.
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Cup Series points leader Denny Hamlin has the second starting spot in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Ryan Blaney — last weekend’s winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway — will start third in the Team Penske No. 12 Ford. Two more Gibbs drivers round out the top five, with Kyle Busch fourth and Martin Truex Jr. fifth.
Camping World Trucks points leader John Hunter Nemechek is set to start from the pole position for the second consecutive weekend in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota. He’ll have Austin Hill’s No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota starting second beside him in Monday’s Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt (noon ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), which was postponed twice from its original Saturday night start.