NASCAR Richmond 2014 qualifying results: Rain puts Kyle Larson on pole for first time

Drew Hallowell

Having set the fastest time in practice, Kyle Larson was awarded the pole after rain canceled Sprint Cup qualifying Friday at Richmond.

Kyle Larson can credit Mother Nature for a helping hand in securing him the pole position for Saturday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Due to heavy rain and thunderstorms, NASCAR canceled Sprint Cup qualifying around 4 p.m. ET Friday. The field was set primarily by speeds from the first round of practice. And since Larson posted the fastest speed (126.880 mph) in the two-hour session, the rookie was awarded the No. 1 starting position.

"I wasn't too excited coming here this weekend," Larson said. "I thought in Cup practice we were a top-five car. I'm definitely excited and I think getting the pole, even though it's in practice, helps the confidence more. I'm looking forward to it tomorrow."

Kevin Harvick's Season

Brad Keselowski will start alongside Larson on the front row. Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Truex, Paul Menard and Jimmie Johnson complete the remainder of the top 10.

Because qualifying was canceled and the field was set per the NASCAR rule book, Larson will not receive credit for winning his first pole nor gain entry into the Sprint Unlimited.

"Yeah, it would be nice to get a legit pole," Larson said."I don't know if we would have gotten it had it not rained."

Michael McDowell and Dave Blaney failed to make Saturday's race.

The forecast for Friday at Richmond calls for thunderstorms into the early evening, which could jeopardize the Nationwide Series Toyota Care 250, according to meteorologist Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN). Neudorff projects no rain and temperatures in the low 70s for Saturday's Sprint Cup race.

Toyota Owners 400 starting lineup

Position Driver Manufacturer
1 Kyle Larson Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Ford
3 Clint Bowyer Toyota
4 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
5 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
6 Brian Vickers Toyota
7 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
8 Ryan Truex Toyota
9 Paul Menard Chevrolet
10 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
11 Marcos Ambrose Ford
12 Matt Kenseth Toyota
13 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet
14 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet
15 Aric Almirola Ford
16 Carl Edwards Ford
17 Joey Logano Ford
18 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
19 Kyle Busch Toyota
20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
21 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
22 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevrolet
23 Michael Annett Chevrolet
24 Alex Bowman Toyota
25 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
26 Greg Biffle Ford
27 Austin Dillon Chevrolet
28 Denny Hamlin Toyota
29 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Ford
30 David Reutimann Ford
31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet
32 Travis Kvapil Ford
33 David Gilliland Ford
34 Casey Mears Chevrolet
35 Danica Patrick Chevrolet
36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet
37 David Ragan Ford
38 David Stremme Chevrolet
39 Josh Wise Chevrolet
40 Cole Whitt Toyota
41 Joe Nemechek Toyota
42 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet
43 Landon Cassill Chevrolet

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