Larson Wins NASCAR Pole Position At Sonoma

Newgarden Leads Team Penske Sweep In IndyCar Qualifying

Scott Stiller
June 24, 2018 - 11:26 am
Kyle Larson No. 42 DC Solar Chip Ganassi Racing Camaro

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson is on the pole position for today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at Sonoma Raceway.  Larson wheeled his No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro around the 1.99-mile, 10-turn road course in 75.732-seconds (94.597 mph) earning the California native his second pole of the season, second at Sonoma and sixth of his career.

“I figured I had run in the 75-second bracket,” said Larson.  “I just didn’t know how quickly, so when I saw the time pop-up on my dash, I knew it would be a good lap, but I didn’t know if it was the pole or not.”

Defending series champion Martin Truex Jr., was just .09-seconds slower (94.227 mph) in his No. 78 Toyota to start on the outside of the front row.

Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott qualified third followed by Larson’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray and the JTG Dougherty Racing Chevy of A.J. Allmendinger as Chevrolet took four out of the top 5 qualifying spots.

The green flag drops on the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at approximately 3:13 p.m. ET with coverage on FS1.

Josef Newgarden is on the pole for today’s Verizon IndyCar Series KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Newgarden’s fast lap of 1-minute, 43.2026-seconds (140.020 mph) around the 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course edged his Team Penske teammate Will Power, who’s fast lap was 1:43.2508 (139.954 mph).

“We had the speed on Friday, so to finish is off today is nice,” said Newgarden, the defending series champion.  “It’s only one goal.  Two races; one for the pole, one for the race.  We need to close it out.”

“That was close,” said Power.  “But only five hundredths off, come on.  I think I did a really neat lap.  Josef did a great lap.  That was all I had.”

Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay (139.778) and Alexander Rossi (139.704) qualified third and fourth respectively.

Schmidt Petersen Motorsports rookie Robert Wickens rounded out the top 5 with a speed of 139.332 mph.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, the series points leader, will start eighth (140.055).  Dixon’s teammate Ed Jones will start 12th.

“I just didn’t think we had great space to work in out there on track,” said Dixon.  “We only really had one lap to try and get something going. Then, we had people starting to back up in front of us and never got to show our speed.”

Twenty-three cars will take the green flag today at 12:30 p.m. ET with coverage on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network.

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