It's the second pole of the season for Larson and third of NASCAR Cup Series career in 126 career starts. They went a step further on freeing it up for the final round and the "Cars 3" Chevy drove good. He will line up the No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry on the outside of Row 1 for Sunday's FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
With one win on the year at Auto Club Speedway, Larson is looking to pick up where he left off at MI last August, when he led 41 laps en route to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series triumph. Truex is first in the standings, one point ahead of Larson. "I could tell by the rpm and the engine it was going to be a pretty good lap so I was happy about that to get the pole after winning here previous year". "We'll keep plugging away to get that pole". "We've been having better pit stalls and races from that". He added another this season at Fontana and has six top-five finishes in 2017. "We've had a really good qualifying average". "Did a nice job of keeping it off the outside wall, but came back down the hill and into the grass and the front end dug in pretty good".
"It was a good day", said Truex.
After Larson and Truex Jr., the balance of the top-12 qualifiers were Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski. This will be his fourth start from the pole this year, but two of them came when qualifying was called off because of the weather.
Kyle Larson rockets to pole for Monster Energy Series race at MI
"I felt like the first run was a little bit loose, but I think the track's just kind of slick right now", Larson said during the session.
Last week's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victor Ryan Blaney will start sixth with Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and Chase Elliott rounding out the top-10 starters.
"Here, like anywhere else this year, it seems like you need to just find a way to balance it - short run speed with the long run speed", Truex said. I feel like our race team has gotten even better. "They were pretty fast leading up to MI last year, but I feel like since MI when we got that win we have just continued to make them better and had a great offseason - and started the year off really good".
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