Kyle Larson bags first career Sprint Cup pole at Pocono

Bt-5HAxIYAAFJEsNASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Kyle Larson, set a new qualifying track record at Pocono Raceway on Friday, as he captured his first series career pole – with a lap speed of 183.438mph – for Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400.

The top-eleven qualifiers all broke the previous 181.415mph qualifying track record at Pocono – which was set by Denny Hamlin this past June – and is the fifteenth new qualifying record this season.

Joey Logano, with a qualifying lap speed of 183.408mph, will share the front row with Larson, and they will be followed by Brad Keselowski (182.700mph) who starts third, Kurt Busch (182.660) fourth and Jeff Gordon (182.611) starting fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten starting positions will be Kevin Harvick (182.090mph) starting sixth, Kyle Busch (182.020) seventh, Jamie McMurray (182.017) eighth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (181.741) ninth and Danica Patrick (181.646) starts from tenth.

With only 43 drivers attempting to fill the 43-car field, there was no one failing to make the starting lineup.

The qualified teams will return on Saturday – weather permitting – for two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. (ET) and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice session from 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. (ET).

The 41st annual GoBowling.com 400 is set to get underway around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and ESPN will provide television coverage beginning with their 12:00 p.m. (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.

GoBowling.com 400 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Gap
1 42 Kyle Larson # 183.438 49.063 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano 183.408 49.071 -0.008
3 2 Brad Keselowski 182.700 49.261 -0.190
4 41 Kurt Busch 182.660 49.272 -0.011
5 24 Jeff Gordon 182.611 49.285 -0.013
6 4 Kevin Harvick 182.090 49.426 -0.141
7 18 Kyle Busch 182.020 49.445 -0.019
8 1 Jamie McMurray 182.017 49.446 -0.001
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 181.741 49.521 -0.075
10 10 Danica Patrick 181.646 49.547 -0.026
11 3 Austin Dillon # 181.605 49.558 -0.011
12 5 Kasey Kahne 181.280 49.647 -0.089
Eliminated From Round 2
13 11 Denny Hamlin 181.159 49.680 -0.033
14 15 Clint Bowyer 181.156 49.681 -0.001
15 55 Brian Vickers 180.850 49.765 -0.084
16 14 Tony Stewart 180.716 49.802 -0.037
17 48 Jimmie Johnson 180.502 49.861 -0.059
18 20 Matt Kenseth 180.274 49.924 -0.063
19 78 Martin Truex Jr. 180.133 49.936 -0.012
20 47 AJ Allmendinger 179.986 50.004 -0.068
21 31 Ryan Newman 179.878 50.034 -0.030
22 51 Justin Allgaier # 179.412 50.164 -0.130
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 179.304 50.194 -0.030
24 13 Casey Mears 179.069 50.260 -0.066
Eliminated From Round 1
25 16 Greg Biffle 179.169 50.232 0.028
26 99 Carl Edwards 178.998 50.280 -0.048
27 9 Marcos Ambrose 178.916 50.303 -0.023
28 43 Aric Almirola 178.912 50.304 -0.001
29 27 Paul Menard 178.862 50.318 -0.014
30 38 David Gilliland 178.049 50.548 -0.230
31 98 Josh Wise 177.704 50.646 -0.098
32 40 Landon Cassill (i) 177.676 50.654 -0.008
33 26 Cole Whitt # 177.560 50.687 -0.033
34 32 Travis Kvapil 177.399 50.733 -0.046
35 36 Reed Sorenson 177.354 50.746 -0.013
36 23 Alex Bowman # 176.502 50.991 -0.245
37 83 Ryan Truex # 176.429 51.012 -0.021
38 7 Michael Annett # 176.412 51.017 -0.005
39 34 David Ragan 176.094 51.109 -0.092
40 37 Bobby Labonte 174.801 51.487 -0.378
41 66 Joe Nemechek(i) 172.285 52.239 -0.752
42 33 Alex Kennedy 172.199 52.265 -0.026
43 93 Johnny Sauter(i) 166.162 54.164 -1.899

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series
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