RICHMOND, Va. - Kyle Larson still wants to earn a pole position on his own, but he's not complaining about being handed his first one.

The rookie will start in the top spot Saturday night in the NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway after a thunderstorm washed out qualifying.

"I'm still happy," he said Friday. "But yeah it would be nice to get a legit pole. I don't know if we would have gotten it had it not rained."

Actually, he probably wouldn't have.

The field was set based on the fastest laps run in the first practice, and Larson had his best run on the third of his 70 laps around the 0.75-mile oval. His top lap of 126.880 m.p.h. easily beat runner-up Brad Keselowski, whose best came at 126.192 m.p.h., and No. 3 starter Clint Bowyer (125.900 m.p.h.).

The top starting spot comes in just the 13th Sprint Cup Series race for Larson, including eight this season.

Unlike Larson, Keselowski's starting spot is not unusual. The race will mark the seventh time in nine races he has started in the top five.

Toyota Owners 400 Lineup

At Richmond International Raceway

Richmond, Va.

1. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

2. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford

3. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota

4. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet

5. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet

6. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota

7. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet

8. (83) Ryan Truex, Toyota

9. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet

10. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

11. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford

12. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota

13. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet

14. (47) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet

15. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford

16. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford

17. (22) Joey Logano, Ford

18. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet

19. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota

20. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet

21. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet

22. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet

23. (7) Michael Annett, Chevrolet

24. (23) Alex Bowman, Toyota

25. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet

26. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford

27. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

28. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota

29. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford

30. (35) David Reutimann, Ford

31. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet

32. (32) Travis Kvapil, Ford

33. (38) David Gilliland, Ford

34. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet

35. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet

36. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet

37. (34) David Ragan, Ford

38. (33) David Stremme, Chevrolet

39. (98) Josh Wise, Chevrolet

40. (26) Cole Whitt, Toyota

41. (66) Joe Nemechek, Toyota

42. (30) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet

43. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet