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MENCS: Rain Washes Out Qualifying; Kyle Larson Earns Pole

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Wet weather washed out the latter half of Friday’s on-track schedule at Martinsville Speedway, with rain canceling Coors Light Pole Qualifying in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.†

Since qualifying was rained out in the top series, the lineup for Sunday’s STP 500 (2 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be determined by the rule book. The owner standings put Auto Club winner Kyle Larson in the top starting spot with Chase Elliott joining him on the front row. Neither has a win at the 0.526-mile track.

Shortly before final Camping World Truck Series practice was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET, the track advised fans to evacuate the grandstands due to a block of storms coming into the area. On hand to combat the wet weather this weekend are: eight Air Titans, four jet dryers, one Elgin sweeper and a track broom. At 3:45 p.m., officials called off the afternoon’s on-track activities.

Morning rain delayed the start of Friday’s on-track activity, pushing Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice from 11:30 a.m. ET to noon, with practice ending at 1 p.m. ET. That moved opening Camping World Truck Series back to run from 1:10 to 2 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s schedule sees two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices on tap for 10 a.m. ET and 1:30 p.m. ET. Keystone Light Pole Qualifying for the Camping World Truck Series will take place at 11:05 a.m. ET. All three of these events will televised on FS1.

Saturday’s schedule will conclude with the third race of the Camping World Truck Series season, the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (3 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series.

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