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Kyle Larson claimed pole for Sunday’s Food City Dirt Race (3:30 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. they were filled with rain at Bristol Motor Speedway. .
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Larson was awarded first place based on performance metrics, using the formula that has established starting lineups in other races where training and qualifying were not held. However, his No. 5 Chevrolet is expected to fall to the rear of the 39-car field after his Hendrick Motorsports team switched engines after Friday’s final practice.
Four 15-lap qualifying races were scheduled for Saturday to establish the starting lineup. These were to include incentives for drivers to improve their positions.
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Cup points leader Denny Hamlin is second in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Ryan Blaney, last weekend’s winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway, will start third in the No. 12 of Team Penske. 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 will start from pole position for the second consecutive weekend in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota. He will have Austin Hill’s No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota starting second alongside him in Sunday’s Pinty’s Truck Dirt race (approximately 9 p.m. ET on FS2, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), which has been postponed since his original start of Saturday night.
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