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Kyle Larson takes Pocono pole

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Saturday 2nd August, 2014 - 7:37am

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Kyle Larson with his first pole award in the Sprint Cup

Kyle Larson with his first pole award in the Sprint Cup

Rookie Kyle Larson has scored his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole award with the fastest time at the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono.

Larson won the Coors Light Pole Award turning a record-setting lap of 295.215 km/h (183.438 mph) in the Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Larson did start off the point earlier this year at Richmond, but that came after qualifying was washed out and times were set on practice speeds.

“I had some butterflies going into that last round,” said Larson.

“I knew we’d have a good shot at the pole after the second round and I was nervous. But I hit all three corners as good as I could, so I was excited about that.

“Everybody at the shop is making the cars faster and faster every week, and we’re getting better and better. I really think a win’s coming soon and that would be great before the Chase starts.”

Starting alongside will be Team Penske’s Joey Logano with another the Penske Ford of Brad Keselowski in third. Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon round-out the top-5.

A handful of drivers eclipsed the former track record early on, topping the previous mark of 291.960km/h (181.415 mph) set by Denny Hamlin in June.

Several drivers had trouble in the opening 25-minute segment. Greg Biffle was penalised in the opening minutes of qualifying after a blend-line violation. Jimmie Johnson suffered the same fate in the final five minutes of the opening session. After serving his penalty, he returned to the track and eliminated Biffle from the top 24.

Carl Edwards scraped the Turn 2 wall and then bounced through the grass before hitting the access lane. He failed to make the 24-driver first cut as his team pushed the car back to the Sprint Cup garage for repairs.

Despite saying he was happy with the balance in his Ford, Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start 27th.

“The downforce tracks have been a struggle for us at RPM all year and it continues here,” said Ambrose.

” I threw down some good laps there, so I’m pleased with my effort and we’ll just keep working really hard.

“We’ve got good balance on the car, which is normally a good sign for the race, but we’re just missing a couple tenths to get us to transfer through or it would have been a different story.”

VIDEO: Kyle Larson speaks after qualifying

 QUALIFYING: GoBowling.com 400 – Pocono Raceway

POS. CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 183.438 49.063 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 183.408 49.071 –0.008
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Alliance Truck Parts 182.700 49.261 –0.198
4 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 182.660 49.272 –0.209
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Axalta 182.611 49.285 –0.222
6 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS 182.090 49.426 –0.363
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 182.020 49.445 –0.382
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bad Boy Buggies 182.017 49.446 –0.383
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet Michael Baker International 181.741 49.521 –0.458
10 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 181.646 49.547 –0.484
11 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet American Ethanol 181.605 49.558 –0.495
12 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 181.280 49.647 –0.584
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 181.159 49.680 –0.617
14 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota RK Motors Charlotte 181.156 49.681 –0.618
15 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 180.850 49.765 –0.702
16 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Code 3 / Mobil 1 180.716 49.802 –0.739
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 180.502 49.861 –0.798
18 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 180.274 49.924 –0.861
19 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 180.133 49.963 –0.900
20 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Scott Products 179.986 50.004 –0.941
21 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 179.878 50.034 –0.971
22 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet AccuDoc Solutions 179.412 50.164 –1.101
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fifth Third Bank 179.304 50.194 –1.131
24 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 179.069 50.260 –1.197
25 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 179.169 50.232 –1.169
26 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 178.998 50.280 –1.217
27 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 178.916 50.303 –1.240
28 43 Aric Almirola Ford GoBowling.com 178.912 50.304 –1.241
29 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Certain Teed / Menards 178.862 50.318 –1.255
30 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 178.049 50.548 –1.485
31 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 177.704 50.646 –1.583
32 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Newtown Building Supplies 177.676 50.654 –1.591
33 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Toyota of Scranton 177.560 50.687 –1.624
34 32 Travis Kvapil Ford TBA 177.399 50.733 –1.670
35 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 177.354 50.746 –1.683
36 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 176.502 50.991 –1.928
37 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King Toyota Camry 176.429 51.012 –1.949
38 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 176.412 51.017 –1.954
39 34 David Ragan Ford A&W ROOT BEER FLOAT / CSX 176.094 51.109 –2.046
40 37 Dave Blaney Ford Accell Construction Inc. 174.801 51.487 –2.424
41 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Land Castle Title 172.285 52.239 –3.176
42 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet Thunder Coal 172.199 52.265 –3.202
43 93 Johnny Sauter Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota 166.162 54.164 –5.101

 

 

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