Rain has forced the cancellation of Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway, with NASCAR officials issuing a revised Friday schedule for on-track activity.
Instead, race officials have planned for a pair of 55-minute practices for the Monster Energy Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The starting lineup for Sunday’s Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be set according to the 2017 NASCAR Rule Book (owner points), meaning Monster Energy Series points leader Kyle Larson will start first.
That’s his second pole this year by virtue of that, as qualifying was washed out at Martinsville earlier this month and like this weekend, Larson was tops in owners points at that time too.
The Monster Energy Series was set to take the track for an 85-minute practice at the 0.533-mile track at 11:30 a.m. ET. However, intermittent late-morning rain forced a schedule shift.
The revised Friday schedule shapes up as this:
— 1-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR K&N Pro Series practice
— 2-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice (FS1)
— 3-3:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice (FS1)
Saturday’s slate consists of two Monster Energy Series practices (8-30-9:25 a.m. and 11-11:55 a.m.), XFINITY Series qualifying (9:35 a.m.) and the XFINITY Series’ Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 (1 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The XFINITY Series race is the second of four Dash 4 Cash events in the series, in which the top qualifying XFINITY regular will win a $100,000 prize.
Sunday’s 500-lapper is the eighth of 36 points-paying races scheduled this year for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Saturday’s 300 is the seventh of 33 events this year in the XFINITY Series.
Food City 500 Starting Lineup:
Row 1: Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott
Row 2: Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski
Row 3: Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney
Row 4: Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray
Row 5: Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick
Row 6: Jimmie Johnson, Trevor Bayne
Row 7: Ryan Newman, Erik Jones R
Row 8: Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin
Row 9: Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola
Row 10: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Row 11: Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth
Row 12: Daniel Suarez R, Ty Dillon R
Row 13: AJ Allmendinger, Paul Menard
Row 14: Chris Buescher, Michael McDowell
Row 15: Danica Patrick, Landon Cassill
Row 16: Cole Whitt, Matt DiBenedetto
Row 17: David Ragan, Reed Sorenson
Row 18: Corey LaJoie, Gray Gaulding R
Row 19: Jeffrey Earnhardt, Timmy Hill
Row 20: Derrike Cope