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Larson gets pole as qualifying washed out at Martinsville

Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stops at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR's oldest track, for the sixth race of the season Sunday. However, Sunday afternoon, the Basset, Magna Vista and Martinsville High School bands will join forces to play the National Anthem at Martinsville Speedway, as part of the prerace ceremonies for the STP 500.

"It's a little bit easier, because we've played Martinsville Speedway races before", Joyce said.

"Yeah, I think it will be a good advantage there to start on the pole", Larson said. And even Larson's team owner, Chip Ganassi, told USA TODAY Sports he gets "concerned" when the young driver jumps in a sprint auto, but he's not going to stop him.

"After we've run here, the track is really starting to build up a lot of rubber, so I feel like this place is going to change a lot", Allmendinger told FOX Sports during practice.

Larson will start first because he's the series points leader. Busch has finished in the top 5 the past three races in Martinsville, including his win last April in which he led 352 laps. Logano has started on the front row in the past four races in Martinsville, including winning three pole victories. That was after nearly crashing his vehicle early in the hour-long practice session.

"You never know. Our cars are so good right now, maybe we could contend for a win", he said.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Daniel Suarez, who backed his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota into the Turn 3 wall in Friday's opening practice, had trouble getting his backup vehicle up to speed on Saturday morning.

I would be shortsighted not to include the hottest driver in NASCAR now, Kyle Larson, who actually hasn't had much success at this track.

He has company in his appreciation for the rain, too.

"Any time I can do anything good at Martinsville, it's great for me", the Hendrick Motorsports driver said.