Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney on front row for Friday’s NNS race at Richmond

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Kyle Busch will start from the pole in Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

Busch earned the top starting spot with a speed of 120.903 mph in an abbreviated qualifying session Friday afternoon that included two rain delays that resulted in red-flag conditions.

With Sprint Cup qualifying coming up shortly after, NASCAR officials decided to shorten the two qualifying sessions to just one 30-minute session.

“The last couple of times we’ve been here, we haven’t been as good as we wanted to be,” Busch told ESPN. “We’ll see if we can keep it up front from where we start.”

Ryan Blaney will start on the outside pole with a qualifying speed of 120.498 mph.

Blaney has won two races in the last two weeks, the NNS race at Bristol two weeks ago, and last week’s Camping World Truck Series last weekend at Atlanta.

“I think we have a great Ford Mustang for tonight,” Blaney said. “It’s nice to be starting on the front row and knowing we have a little more speed in it.”

The Busch-Blaney front row is the same as the front row for the Bristol NNS race two weeks ago.

NNS points leader Chase Elliott was third-fastest and the only other driver over 120.155 mph, and Kyle Larson was fourth-fastest (119.941 mph).

Brian Scott saw his bid for a third straight NNS pole at Richmond fall short, managing only the fifth-fastest speed at 119.931 mph.

Sixth through 10th were Matt Kenseth (119.713 mph), Brendan Gaughan (119.591), Ty Dillon (119.554), Trevor Bayne (119.532) and Dylan Kwasniewski (119.495).

Other key drivers included Kevin Harvick (15th-fastest at 119.342), followed by Elliott Sadler (119.305) and Regan Smith (119.279).

A total of 42 drivers made qualifying attempts. Failing to qualify were Joey Gase (115.385 mph) and Josh Reaume (114.650).

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IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

RAIN-SOAKED RELIEF: Castroneves delivers Penske’s first win with late pass

Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.

STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.