Larson Wins All-Star Pole

Kyle Larson

Larson became the 17th driver to win an All-Star pole. (Photo: Getty Images)


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Kyle Larson won the pole for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Larson, who will make his second appearance in the All-Star Race, took the spot with a time of 112.626 seconds (143.839 mph) for three laps and a mandatory four-tire pit stop.

“We are starting with a good starting spot here,” Larson said. “I hope we win the All-Star race tomorrow. We were close last year. And the atmosphere of the All-Star race, well, there’s just something about it. It’s a lot of fun and not a whole lot on the line other than a lot of money. So, I’m excited for tomorrow’s events.”

Kyle Busch qualified second and is looking to score his first win in his 12th attempt in the $1 million-to-win event.

“I thought our lap was really good," Busch said. "We had speed in our race car.” 

Kevin Harvick, who topped the first round, qualified third.

"I feel like starting up front with the way that the tires are and the way that everything is will be a huge benefit because of the fact of your average position and all of the things that have to happen," Harvick said.  "We just didn’t want to start in the back, so lug nuts tight, not sliding through the pit box, don’t miss pit road and don’t overdrive the car. We probably could have all done a little bit better, but all in all we didn’t make any huge mistakes and that was the goal.”

Harvick's team won the Pit Crew Challenge during qualifying for the best stop.

Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five. 

Johnson's team was penalized for pit crew members over the wall too soon after Johnson slid through his pit box.

“All my practices reps and the first round, I was in that later stall,” Johnson said. “I tried to make an adjustment in my visual reference point and I missed it by two stalls deep where I have been practicing the whole time.  I just was too aggressive on pit road.  I needed to back up my mark a little bit more.”

Kurt Busch had the pole, but was penalized for two loose lug nuts after his pit stop. He will start fifth because only five drivers advanced to the second and final round.

Martin Truex Jr. was one of the drivers that was hit with a 5-second lug nut penalty in Round 1.

“The loose lug nut was costly and we just have to make it up in the race tomorrow,” Truex said. “I have all the confidence in our team and feel that we’ll have a competitive 5-hour ENERGY Toyota for the main event." 

With 16 starting positions set, four more will be added tomorrow - three in the Monster Energy Open and one with the fan vote.

Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" will have live coverage of Saturday's Monster Energy All-Star Race, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (ET) - with live steaming at and on the MRN App.

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