It was a bad night for Ford drivers, however, with Carl Edwards ending up the highest of the stable despite only managing to qualify in 16th alongside Kyle Busch despite having topped the happy hour second practice session earlier on Friday.
“One side of the track is sunny and one side is dark and I just messed up both sides a little bit," admitted Edwards. "I think we have a really good race car ... I think we will be just fine. I am excited about this race. The car was really fast in the last practice. In race trim, we were the fastest car in the last practice I think, so that is good.”
JJ Yeley and Mark Green failed to qualify for the 43-car grid and will not make the race.
However, the weather forecasts for tomorrow night's scheduled 7pm start for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond point to showers and storms hitting the circuit at just the wrong moment. With dryer weather not looking likely until around 10pm and the track needing to be dried before racing can commence, the situation could force the race to roll over to Sunday afternoon instead when the forecasts are much better - a delay that would only heighten the tension in the Chase stakes.
The weather wasn't a factor in Friday's night's Nationwide Series activities, however; and the Camping World Truck Series is having a week off and will return to action next week on September 15 at Iowa Speedway.
Full qualifying and Friday practice session times