Larson, Truex take top 2 spots in Michigan qualifying

Larson, Truex take top 2 spots in Michigan qualifying

Larson, Truex take top 2 spots in Michigan qualifying

Martin Truex Jr. was a lone point ahead of Larson in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, though Larson lead the field of 37 on Sunday.

Larson won the race with two strong restarts. Brakes were the issue last week at Pocono, sending him hard into the wall on a straightaway and dropping the veteran to 21st in the Cup Series standings.

Chase Elliott finished second for a third consecutive race at MI.

Larson took over the series points lead over Martin Truex Jr., who finished sixth.

Maybe it wasn't the thing movies are made of - although Larson sported a "Cars 3" paint scheme created to be similar to the character of Lightning McQueen - but it was something for the memory book.

"I thought it was a pretty good lap", said Jones. "He was the class of the field".

All NASCAR said about it, attributable to "NASCAR officials", seemed fairly oblique: "NASCAR works closely with the track and our broadcast partners to build a weekend event schedule that's most advantageous for fans". "To come out a victor, it makes it that much more exciting, I guess". Ricky Stenhouse, the 21st fastest auto starts next to girlfriend Danica Patrick on Sunday.

Kyle Larson is joined by his son, 2-year-old Owen, at a news conference after Larson won the pole position for the FireKeepers Casino 400 that will be Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

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Wallace was having a quietly successful day before getting caught up in a wreck that sent Daniel Suarez and Danica Patrick crashing on the backstretch following a restart with 10 laps remaining. "Unlike the outside lane, we just couldn't get going each time we restarted in the inside lane".

"We had the best vehicle out there without a doubt", Truex said.

Busch and Larson were first and second on a restart following a caution for debris with 15 laps remaining.

Denny Hamlin finished fourth and Jamie McMurray was fifth. Truex's fast lap was at 202.117 miles per hour. "This is our second Cup win of the year, but we've had six second-place finishes", Larson told Fox Sports. "I was already pulling up alongside of him". "I lifted probably a little more than I wanted to". I knew the Penske cars took off good, so I was happy to see him behind me.

It's not just that Larson is winning, but that he dominates. Kevin Harvick rounds out the Top 5 with one career win and a 12.7 average finish.

He has led a resurgence at Chip Ganassi Racing, which as an organization has run the best among the teams supported by Chevrolet, which lost one of its top organizations in Stewart-Haas Racing to Ford this year. "It was sad to see them go. We've been very reliable". "It's ideal timing because you've got guys kind of on their way out - their farewell tour, so to speak - and you've got guys on their way in trying to make a name for themselves". "I mean, you keep battling in the top five and eventually you'll have your chance". He earned his third top 10 finish of the year in the FireKeepers Casino 400 and he got to wear that awesome bright green Mountain Dew fire suit.

Truex and Larson were 1-2 in the points standings coming into the race, and Truex was second to Larson in qualifying.

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