NASCAR

The Latest: Busch grabs early lead at Richmond Raceway

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Latest on the NASCAR Cup race Saturday night at Richmond Raceway (all times local):

8 p.m.

Kyle Busch has grabbed the lead from Kevin Harvick during the modified start to the NASCAR Cup race at Richmond.

NASCAR decided to have a competition caution 40 laps into the race after rain that fell early in the day cleaned rubber off the track.

Busch, seeking his third consecutive victory at Richmond, was followed by Harvick, brother Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Paul Menard when everyone headed to the pits for fresh tires and fuel.

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7:45 p.m.

Kevin Harvick started from the pole in the NASCAR race at Richmond Raceway, but the field was jumbled considerably.

NASCAR says eight cars failed prerace inspection, including three that failed twice. They include local favorite Denny Hamlin, a three-time winner on the 0.75-mile oval, Chase Elliott and Matt Tifft.

As a result, NASCAR disqualified their qualifying speeds, sending them to the rear of the field, disallowed their pit stall selection and ejected one engineer from each team for the race.

Five other teams failed inspection and had their qualifying speeds and pit selection disallowed. They were seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Joey Gase.

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