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Back-to-Back Poles for Byron

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William Byron won his second straight Busch Pole Award Saturday in qualifying for the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Byron, who led the field to the green in last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600, took the top spot at the 2.5-mile track with a lap of 51.875 seconds, 173.494 mph for his third pole in 50 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.

“It’s all about execution,” Byron said. “It’s on me to know what I need throughout the race and I feel like I’m starting to learn a little bit of what it takes during the last 100 laps instead of the first 80, which we’ve been pretty good at.

“This is great. It’s an impound race, so it’s great to see our speed is there. I’m just really excited. The guys have worked really hard on this 24 car; everybody at Hendrick Motorsports, the engine shop, the chassis shop. It means a lot. I’m excited for it.”

It will be the sixth time this season he’s started from the front row.

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Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.

For Busch, who won the the last two July races at Pocono, it marks his best start of the season.

Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon completed the first 10 qualifiers.

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Other notables in Sunday’s field include Kevin Harvick (11th), Chase Elliott (12th), Joey Logano (16th) and Martin Truex Jr. (20th).

“Tomorrow will be the most difficult challenge in passing we’ve seen all year long,” Truex Jr. said after his run.

There was one incident in the qualifying session when JJ Yeley spun. He will start last in the 37 car field.

Sunday’s Pocono 400 will take the green flag just after 2 p.m. ET.