Rain halts on-track action at Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Rain interrupted on-track activity Friday at Richmond International Raceway, canceling the Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying session. 

Forecasts initially called for inclement weather to potentially arrive around lunchtime. Though early practice sessions for Sprint Cup and the touring NASCAR K&N Pro Series East went without a hitch, the skies alternated between mostly sunny and mostly cloudy for the majority of the morning and early afternoon.

Rain began to fall seconds before the Nationwide Series qualifying session was over, throwing an already busy Friday schedule into disarray. 

Sprint Cup qualifying was scheduled to run at 5:10 p.m. ET, but now the starting lineup is determined by drivers' best times in the first practice, putting rookie Kyle Larson on the Coors Light Pole. 

Following Larson in Saturday's lineup will be Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer, respectively.

Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick will round out the top five.

It was the first go-round on the .75-mile track for the Nationwide Series using the new knockout-style, multicar qualifying format. The Sprint Cup Series will have to try again when it returns to the track in September. 

The Nationwide Series' ToyotaCare 250 -- the tour's eighth race of the season -- is scheduled later Friday with a 7 p.m. ET start time (ESPNews). The K&N circuit's Blue Ox 100 is tentatively scheduled to start at 9:40 p.m. ET after the Nationwide event. 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Toyota Owners 400 is scheduled Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET with live TV broadcast on FOX.

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