Rookie Kyle Larson has been handed his maiden NASCAR Sprint Cup series pole position after qualifying was rained off at Richmond.
Rain showers had been falling on the 0.75-mile oval late on Friday afternoon and a light drizzle turned into a downpour prior to the session beginning, resulting in its cancellation so as not to delay the following Nationwide Series race.
As a result, drivers will start the ninth round of the 2014 Sprint Cup season based on their first practice times.
Larson topped the opening session with a best time of 21.280 seconds (126.880 mph) and shares the front row with former series champion Brad Keselowski.
Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne occupy row two, while defending race-winner Kevin Harvick lines up fifth ahead of Brian Vickers, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Truex.
Current points leader Jeff Gordon struggled to find pace in the first practice session and starts in 25th position.
Early indications are that it should remain dry for Saturday night's race.
Pos Driver Team/Car
1. Kyle Larson Ganassi Chevrolet
2. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford
3. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota
4. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet
5. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet
6. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota
7. Jamie McMurray Ganassi Chevrolet
8. Ryan Truex BK Toyota
9. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet
10. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet
11. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford
12. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet
14. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Chevrole
15. Aric Almirola Petty Ford
16. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford
17. Joey Logano Penske Ford
18. Ryan Newman Childress Chevrolet
19. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota
20. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet
21. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Chevrolet
22. Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Ford
23. Michael Annett Baldwin Chevrolet
24. Alex Bowman BK Toyota
25. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet
26. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford
27. Austin Dillon Childress Chevrolet
28. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota
29. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford
30. David Reutimann Front Row Ford
31. Justin Allgaier HScott Chevrolet
32. Travis Kvapil Go FAS Ford
33. David Gilliland Front Row Ford
34. Casey Mears Germain Chevrolet
35. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet
36. Reed Sorenson Baldwin Chevrolet
37. David Ragan Front Row Ford
38. Michael McDowell Leavine Ford
39. David Stremme Circle Sport Chevrolet
40. Dave Blaney Humphrey Ford
41. Josh Wise Parsons Chevrolet
42. Cole Whitt Swan Toyota
43. Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota