Updated: April 25, 2014, 7:35 PM ET

Revisiting Richmond

Rusty Wallace discusses the effects of the 2013 Richmond controversy and gives his pick for Saturday's race.

Weather cancels qualifying; Larson on pole

By K. Lee Davis | ESPN.com

RICHMOND, Va. -- Severe weather in the area sent fans scrambling from the stands at Richmond International Raceway on Friday afternoon and convinced NASCAR officials to cancel the impending Sprint Cup qualifying session.

Rookie Kyle Larson will start from the pole in Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 based on having the fastest speed in Friday's first practice. The rest of the field was set by the NASCAR rulebook, meaning Dave Blaney and Michael McDowell failed to make the race.

"We were debating before practice started to start in qualifying trim or go to race trim and do that," Larson said. "I wanted to start out in qualifying trim and was able to kind of talk Shine [crew chief Chris Heroy] into doing it.

"I wasn't sure what to expect on my lap, but we came here and tested last year for Goodyear and had a good baseline. I was pretty confident with going out in qualifying trim without getting used to the car yet. [I] was able to lay down a fast lap and then we switched over to race trim and we were good in that, too.

"Excited about the AXE Peace Chevy, I think it should be a good race tomorrow. It's nice starting off from the pole. I don't know if I will count it as my first career pole, but it's still pretty cool to start on the front row."



Many happy returns for Bowyer

By K. Lee Davis | ESPN.com

RICHMOND, Va. -- Clint Bowyer spent his off week doing something more important than most.

The driver for Michael Waltrip Racing finally got married to longtime girlfriend Lorra Podsiadlo.

So how does that new wedding ring feel?

"It's heavy," he said with a smile. "It's forever."

Yes, it is supposed to be. But perhaps the funniest driver in NASCAR wasn't going to leave it at that, of course.

"We did have us a good honeymoon -- had a big bonfire at the house the other night," he added. "I was burning some brush and I look over and I was like, 'How's your honeymoon, honey? Pretty good, huh?'

"We had so much fun. We went down to the Bahamas with just a little group of family and friends -- some of my closest friends and some of hers. They knew we were there, just put it that way. It was a lot of fun. Train wreck is what it would kind of be considered, too."



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