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For the second year in a row, Kyle Larson captured the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.
Larson finished his second qualifying run Saturday with a time of 75.732 seconds, and he will start on the inside of Row 1 in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350.
Here is a look at how the entire field qualified, courtesy of NASCAR.com:
1. Kyle Larson: 75.732
2. Martin Truex Jr.: 75.822
3. Chase Elliott: 75.841
4. Jamie McMurray: 76.029
5. AJ Allmendinger: 76.274
6. Kevin Harvick: 76.330
7. Jimmie Johnson: 76.356
8. William Byron: 76.411
9. Kyle Busch: 76.474
10. Brad Keselowski: 76.695
11. Ryan Blaney: 76.740
12. Joey Logano: 77.609
13. Trevor Bayne: 76.657
14. Ryan Newman: 76.658
15. Paul Menard: 76.671
16. Daniel Suarez: 76.725
17. Alex Bowman: 76.812
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 76.813
19. Clint Bowyer: 76.824
20. Erik Jones: 76.833
21. Denny Hamlin: 76.875
22. Michael McDowell: 76.928
23. Kurt Busch: 76.938
24. Aric Almirola: 76.978
25. Chris Buescher: 77.012
26. Kasey Kahne: 77.018
27. Austin Dillon: 77.090
28. David Ragan: 77.457
29. Gray Gaulding: 77.536
30. Matt DiBenedetto: 77.625
31. Ty Dillon: 77.664
32. Cole Whitt: 77.747
33. Justin Marks: 77.903
34. Parker Kligerman: 78.276
35. Bubba Wallace: 78.571
36. Chris Cook: 79.129
37. Tomy Drissi: 79.726
38. Cody Ware: 80.296
Fox: NASCAR tweeted video of Larson’s pole-winning run:
FOX: NASCAR @NASCARONFOX
Back-to-back poles in Sonoma for Kyle Larson! No. 42 will lead the field to green tomorrow.
Full starting lineup: https://t.co/6LWByjiE2G https://t.co/vpH1jfo9b5
Larson now has two poles this season and six on his career, but he has yet to truly find his stride in 2018, as he is 10th in the standings and doesn’t have a win.
Also, despite his qualifying success, Larson has struggled at Sonoma over the years with no top-10 finishes and an average finish of 20.2 in four starts.
Martin Truex Jr., who has one career win at Sonoma, will start on the outside of Row 1 next to Larson.
He is the lone Toyota in the top five, as Chevrolet captured four of the top five qualifying positions.
Other previous Sonoma winners starting in the top 10 are Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and points leader Kyle Busch.
One of Saturday’s biggest surprises was rookie William Byron, who qualified eighth. Per Richard Allen of InsideDirtRacing.com, Byron said he benefited from legendary driver Jeff Gordon’s tutelage leading up to qualifying:
Richard Allen/InsideDirtRacing.com @RichardAllenIDR
William Byron just thanked Jeff Gordon, among others, for his help in getting ready for Sonoma. I know that’s the team Gordon drove for but he’s now in the Fox booth. Is it ok for a broadcaster to be serving as a driver coach for one particular team? #NASCAR
Byron drives the No. 24 car that Gordon made famous for Hendrick Motorsports.
AJ Allmendinger is another interesting name in the top 10, as he qualified fifth.
While Allmendinger has never won at Sonoma and only has two top-10 finishes at the track, he is a strong road-course driver who has two career Sonoma poles.
His only Cup Series win came on a road course at Watkins Glen in 2014, and he could potentially shake up The Chase by winning Sunday.
Among the biggest disappointments in qualifying was Clint Bowyer, as he will start 19th despite having a Sonoma win to his credit and boasting the best average finish at Sonoma among active drivers.
Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne are one-time winners at Sonoma as well, and they will start 23rd and 26th, respectively.
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will go green at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.