Qualifying Canceled from Richmond; Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch Sharing Front Row

The Hendrick Motorsports driver will lead the field to green in Sunday's Toyota Owners 400.


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Alex Bowman will start Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 from the lead, after inclement weather has forced the running of practice and qualifying sessions from Richmond Raceway on Saturday.

Bowman, who was awarded a first-place starting spot by virtue of NASCAR's performance metric system, will look to score his second career victory at the three-quarter-mile facility in his No. 48 Chevrolet.

The NASCAR Cup Series wasn't the only on-track session canceled this morning in Richmond, Virginia, as the NASCAR Xfinity Series also had their practice and qualifying sessions cancelled earlier on Saturday.

Kyle Busch, driving the No. 8 for Richard Childress Racing, will start alongside Bowman in Sunday's 400-lap contest, after a runner-up result at Circuit of The Americas. William Byron, Ross Chastain, and Tyler Reddick will start third through fifth.

Austin Cindric, Chris Buescher, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick will complete the first five rows in the starting order for Sunday's event.

Other notables starting outside the top-10, include Denny Hamlin (11th), Martin Truex, Jr. (12th), Ryan Blaney (17th), Joey Logano (18th), Chase Briscoe (19th), Daniel Suarez (20th), Christopher Bell (21st), Brad Keselowski (24th), Josh Berry (30th), and Aric Almirola (32nd).

With no on-track activity prior to Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series event at Richmond Raceway, the 37 drivers and teams on-track will have to quickly acclimate to the track and figure out the setup on their vehicles.

Image Credit: Andrew Coppley, HHP, Courtesy of Team Chevy

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