Kyle Larson scored his second straight pole at Sonoma Raceway in qualifying for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver put his Chevrolet Camaro on the top spot for Sunday’s 16th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with a pole winning time of 75.732 seconds (94.597 mph). It was his sixth career pole and second of the season.
“I always qualify good here for some reason, but the races always seems to be a struggle,” said Larson, who is looking for both his first win of the season and first career at Sonoma.
“I spent some time in the simulator and feel like I learned some things there. I thought we had a good practice yesterday and the last run was pretty decent. So, it would be nice to get a win here. It would be cool. These guys have worked so hard all year long on these new Camaros. Thanks to Hendrick for all the power they give. It’s really smooth here at Sonoma, and that’s really key. Thanks to all of our partners. This is really sweet.”
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Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top five.
Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, rookie William Byron, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski completed the first 10 qualifiers.
“It was a good lap,” said defending race winner Harvick. “My Ford is a little better than me when it comes to this day. I was a little too conservative in a couple corners and gave up a little time but it was a solid two rounds for us.
“The hardest thing to do it make it out of round one. After you do that, we went faster than we did in practice in round one and faster again in round two. That is always a good thing for me”
Other notables in Sunday’s field include Trevor Bayne back in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 ride with a 13th starting spot, Clint Bowyer (19th), Denny Hamlin (21st), Kurt Busch (23rd) and rookie Bubba Wallace (35th).
Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 is slated to take the green flag at 2 p.m. ET.