Kyle Busch will lead the field to the green flag at Dover International Speedway after rain washed out Friday afternoon’s qualifying session.
Cars were never able to get on track to begin qualifying at the scheduled 3:40 p.m. ET as NASCAR worked to get the track dry. When rain picked up, the session was called.
The lineup for the Gander Outdoors 400, the first race in the Round of 12, has been set by owner points.
Busch said starting from the top spot is about six to eight spots better than where he expected to qualify in his No. 18 Toyota.
“It definitely bodes well for us and our Interstate Batteries Camry,” Busch said. “I thought we had a decent car in practice. The way it felt, it felt good. It didn’t show the speeds on the speed charts. As the practice went on and guys were making their second and thirds of runs, they were coming back to us in lap times. Our car was really consistent over the runs, and we were running the same lap times. Other guys started really fast, and they were coming to us a little bit. Hard to tell.
“Certainly better for us to not have to go out there and bust a fast lap. Speeds were way high here this morning. With the cooler temperatures, it seemed like it was going to be way fast. Excited to have the number one spot going into Sunday. Great opportunity to start the Round of 12 and get rocking.”
Joining Busch on the front row will be Kevin Harvick. Harvick won at Dover in the spring, and Busch won this race last year.
Playoff drivers will make up the top 12 in the starting lineup.
Thirty-nine cars will take the green flag Sunday afternoon.
UP NEXT: Second practice at 11 a.m. ET Saturday.