Martinsville qualifying canceled; Kyle Larson will start first

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/sprint/drivers/3156/" data-ylk="slk:Kyle Larson">Kyle Larson</a> will start first for the second-straight week. (Getty)
Kyle Larson will start first for the second-straight week. (Getty)

The rain is making sure that Kyle Larson’s roll continues.

Larson, who finished second in three-straight races before starting and finishing first in last week’s race at Auto Club Speedway, will start first on Sunday at Martinsville after rain washed out Friday’s qualifying session

It rained off and on at Martinsville on Friday and Cup Series teams were able to get on track for practice at noon. But rain after the practice session forced NASCAR to wipe out qualifying as it poured so hard that inspection had to be temporarily halted.

Larson will start first because he’s the series points leader. He admitted Friday that Martinsville wasn’t his best track even though he finished third in the spring a year ago.

“I’m glad to have a 29-point lead coming into Martinsville because this is my worst race track we go to, probably, even though we ran well last year,” Larson said. “I’ve gotten better at it each time, but it’s still not a track where I’m extremely comfortable. I can go fast in qualifying or early on tires, but I struggle at saving my stuff. I’ve got to get better at that. If we can get a top 5 or top 10 here, that would be a huge success.”

The starting order for Sunday’s race is as follows:

1. Kyle Larson
2. Chase Elliott
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Joey Logano
6. Jamie McMurray
7. Ryan Blaney
8. Clint Bowyer
9. Kevin Harvick
10. Kyle Busch
11. Ryan Newman
12. Denny Hamlin
13. Kasey Kahne
14. Kurt Busch
15. Erik Jones
16. Trevor Payne
17. Jimmie Johnson
18. Aric Almirola
19. Daniel Suarez
20. Austin Dillon
21. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
22. Paul Menard
23. Ty Dillon
24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
25. Matt Kenseth
26. Michael McDowell
27. Landon Cassill
28. Matt DiBenedetto
29. Danica Patrick
30. AJ Allmendinger
31. Cole Whitt
32. Reed Sorenson
33. Chris Buescher
34. David Ragan
35. Corey LaJoie
36. Jeffrey Earnhardt
37. Gray Gaulding
38. Timmy Hill

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