NASCAR starting lineup for Richmond Raceway
Update: Eight cars failed pre-race/post-qualifying inspection ahead of tonight’s race. Since it’s an impound race, those cars will be sent to the rear of the field. The Richmond starting lineup has been adjusted below.
Today, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will set the grid for the Toyota Owners 400. Qualifying is next at Richmond Raceway.
View the full 2019 Richmond starting lineup below.
The series got one practice in this morning. Final practice was a rain out. That’s left some guessing heading into qualifying.
“Our car was pretty good in race trim. Now, this is a bad old guess,” Harvick tells Fox Sports ahead of qualifying.
“Maybe you’ll see a few of them mad at each other and rolling on the ground. We’ve seen that before,” Brad Keselowski says ahead of the session.
New qualifying rules for Richmond: NASCAR has adjusted the rules ahead of this weekend. The first round has been reduced from 10 to just 5 minutes, ame for round two. The final round remains 5 minutes.
Round 1 – Report
Duration: 5 minutes (Top 24 advance)
The session is green. Every driver leaves their pit stall instantly. They aren’t waiting at the edge of the pit lane. Straight to the race track they go.
Kyle Larson was quickest in the opening round of NASCAR practice earlier today. He was the first car on track in round one. He sits at the top of the board with 15 cars setting a time.
Most of the field is making runs at three laps in duration. Any less and the time won’t be good enough.
Kyle Larson is upset with Daniel Suarez. The #41 was on a cool down lap on the outside lane. Larson came with speed as they met off turn four. Larson was pinched on the exit of the corner which messed up two laps.
Kurt Busch wins round one of knockout qualifying!
NASCAR Qualifying – Round 1 Results: 1. Kurt Busch (21.460); 2. Kyle Larson (21.511); 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr (21.539); 4. Denny Hamlin (21.571); 5. Austin Dillon (21.573); 6. Kevin Harvick (21.579); 7. Erik Jones (21.588); 8. Clint Bowyer (21.594); 9. Daniel Suarez (21.645); 10. Martin Truex Jr (21.649); 11. Chase Elliott (21.662); 12. David Ragan (21.678);
Round 2 – Report
Duration: 5 minutes (Top 12 advance)
The green is out on session two. 13 cars hit the track immediately. Kyle Busch is quickest so far.
1 minute remains, Larson sits outside the top 12. He was 2nd quickest in round one. His gloves are coming off, Larson is out.
Truex returned to the track for a second run in round two. The first attempt wasn’t go enough but after adjustments, he’s in and sitting inside the top-5.
Kyle Busch wins round two of NASCAR qualifying at Richmond!
NASCAR Qualifying – Round 2 Results: 1. Kyle Busch (21.640); 2. Kevin Harvick (21.698); 3. Erik Jones (21.703); 4. Martin Truex Jr (21.725); 5. Austin Dillon (21.730); 6. Brad Keselowski (21.763); 7. Joey Logano (21.777); 8. Kurt Busch (21.782); 9. Chase Elliott (21.785); 10. Chris Buescher (21.794); 11. Daniel Suarez (21.834); 12. Jimmie Johnson (21.841);
Round 2 – Report
Duration: 5 minutes (Run for pole)
Green in the final round. 11 cars fire right up and head for the track. Erik Jones is out on track first.
Kurt Busch is throwing sparks on the right rear during his warm-up lap. He still jumps to the top of the board early.
Erik Jones cycles back to the top as his runs continues.
2 minutes remain, Kevin Harvick jumps to the top of the board. He was fast last week at Bristol. The team brought new equipment with updates to Richmond.
Kevin Harvick takes the pole position in Richmond qualifying!
View the full Richmond Raceway starting lineup below.
Richmond Starting Lineup
April 13, 2019
NASCAR Cup Series
Update: Due to inspection failures at Richmond Raceway, the lineup below has been adjusted.
Pos | Driver | Time
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Kurt Busch
3. Joey Logano
4. Kyle Busch
5. Martin Truex Jr
6. Austin Dillon
7. Chris Buescher
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Paul Menard
10. Kyle Larson
11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
12. Alex Bowman
13. William Byron
14. Clint Bowyer
15. David Ragan
16. Ryan Preece
17. Daniel Hemric
18. Michael McDowell
19. Bubba Wallace
20. Matt DiBenedetto
21. Corey LaJoie
22. Ryan Blaney
23. Ty Dillon
24. Ryan Newman
25. Landon Cassill
26. Bayley Currey
27. Jeb Burton
28. Quin Houff
29. Ross Chastain
The following cars failed pre-race inspection and were sent to the rear.
Pos | Driver | Original Starting Position | Disallowed Time
30. Denny Hamlin
31. Aric Almirola
32. Chase Elliott
33. Daniel Suarez
34. Jimmie Johnson
35. Erik Jones
36. Matt Tifft
37. Joey Gase