Eight Cars Fail Inspection at Richmond for Toyota Owners 400

Kyle Busch is on pace to win an outrageous number of NASCAR races this season

Kyle Busch is on pace to win an outrageous number of NASCAR races this season

With about 40 to go, Bowyer almost caught him, but Truex never let him pass, and finally Bowyer relinquished the second spot to Logano, who seemed to have the faster auto of the top two.

The 7:30 p.m. ET start time for Saturday's NASCAR Cup race signals the first night race of the 2019 season.

Kevin Harvick became the first repeat pole victor in 2019 when he captured the unofficial top spot for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.

The time change may not be permanent, but NASCAR is considering changes to its Cup Series qualifying format.

In addition to the TV coverage on FOX, Saturday night's race is available via live stream through FOX Sports Go or fuboTV.

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XFINITY: In Richmond, Virgina, Cole Custer was openly hoping for rain to shorten the NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond Raceway. Easier said than done, of course. Nobody has done that at Richmond since Bobby Allison won three consecutive races in 1982-83.

With Jones failing inspection, Kurt Busch will now start second alongside polesitter Kevin Harvick Saturday evening at Richmond Raceway.

Four of the cars come from inside the top-10. Labonte had neither a victory during nor led the series standings, whereas Busch has multiple wins and now atop the standings by 27 points over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin. A driver from one of those two teams has won eight of the last 10 races at Richmond.

Truex gave Joe Gibbs Racing its sixth victory in nine races this season and won for the first time in his career on tracks shorter than one mile.

While Busch may have had an auspicious debut at Richmond (he finished 22nd, three laps behind race-winner Jack Sprague), it wasn't long before he would make better memories. The silver lining for Larson: He leads all active Cup drivers in average starting position at Richmond (8.5).

"It was really just more congestion", Harvick said. Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Daniel Suarez and Aric Almirola finished 18th and 23rd, respectively.

Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with his six career wins at Richmond. Clint Bowyer, Logano and Kurt Busch each have two wins at the track. Instead, on that night Busch put forth a dominating performance where he led 236 of 250 laps to score his first-ever victory in a NASCAR national series event.