Kyle Larson is starting from the pole Saturday night in the Cup race at Bristol in his bid to cap his first successful weekend on NASCAR’s .0533-mile concrete oval. He’s on a roll after winning the Xfinity Series race a night earlier.
That was Larson’s first career victory on the bullring after four runner-up finishes, and he lost to Busch in each of those races.
Busch starts third and is seeking his eighth career Cup victory at Bristol. He’s twice before swept the weekend events, but he was knocked out of the Xfinity event after hitting the wall because of a flat tire. That opened the opportunity for Larson’s Xfinity race.
The car of Austin Dillon failed pre-race inspection and had to forfeit his 18th-place starting position.
Rain in Tennessee led NASCAR to move the start time up one hour.