Larson wins NASCAR Fontana pole

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Marzo 26, 2017

After setting the quick pace in practice, Larson kept the No. 42 Chevy atop the leader board in qualifying with a lap of 187.047mph on Friday for the second pole of his Monster Energy Cup career.

Kyle Larson will start on the pole in Sunday's Auto Club 400, but it's the defending race victor, Jimmie Johnson, who was the talk of qualifying Friday at Auto Club Speedway.

Larson ended round one sitting fourth on the leaderboard and round two sitting sixth on the chart.

"I haven't gotten a pole since my rookie season, so this is awesome", Larson said. "I had been running the bottom in (Turns) 3 and 4 and knew that I was going to have to move up for the final round and it stuck good up there and got us the pole".

And besides, it's not like the team has been really, really bad to start the year. I feel very confident we will get something put together with Lowe's as our primary sponsor. The California native won the pole by 0.014 seconds.

Denny Hamlin moved into second place, just ahead of Keselowski and Truex when the second round wrapped up. Hamlin had the provisional pole until Larson knocked him off, leading the JGR driver to playfully fling water at Larson's vehicle as it came back to pit road. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran will make his third top 10 start of the year. "I think my record shows that I can make up plenty of spots and pass plenty of cars and we'll just make it exciting coming from the back". We're just going to keep doing what we've been doing, stay aggressive and try to run mistake free. "I wasn't comfortable putting Jimmie in a position where he would have to hustle a vehicle that he hasn't turned a lap in yet". I don't know if we can or not.

Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. were just fractions of a second back and will start Sunday's race from the second row. The first two races have been quite entertaining to say the least.

Kenseth was the first auto to take a lap in the final round and posted a lap of 186.037mph, but had to settle for sixth.

Several drivers had issues getting through inspection and did not post times. Jimmie Johnson will be moving over to a backup auto after going through the grass late in practice.

With three body men at the race track, the No. 4 team had ample time to fix the damage.

Joey Logano did not make a qualifying attempt after his auto took too long to clear the NASCAR inspection line.

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