AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Larson gained the pole Saturday for the NASCAR Cup Sequence’ United Leases Work United 500 at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday.
Larson’s 130.237 mph lap in his No. 5 Chevrolet was one other constructive for Hendrick Motorsports, which completed 1-2-3 in Las Vegas final weekend, led by race winner William Byron.
Larson gained the Cup championship in Phoenix in 2021. Byron certified third for Sunday’s race in his No. 24 Chevrolet.
Larson had the ultimate automobile to hit the monitor within the final spherical of qualifying on Saturday and edged Denny Hamlin, who will begin on the surface of Row 1 in his No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Larson additionally had the quickest automobile in apply Friday.
Brad Keselowski will begin fourth whereas Christopher Bell rounded out the highest 5.
“Qualifying is absolutely essential right here,” Larson stated. “We bought the pole in ’21 and that basically helped us win the championship race. I believe that No. 1 pit stall means rather a lot, so completely satisfied to be fast this weekend, fast in apply and have it translate to qualifying.”
It hasn’t all been excellent news for Hendrick’s workforce this week. NASCAR officers took the hood louvers from the 4 Hendrick automobiles — together with Larson’s and Byron’s — on Friday and can carry them to the Analysis & Improvement Middle in North Carolina for inspection.
Any potential penalties could be introduced subsequent week.
Kevin Harvick, who’s making an attempt to win his tenth profession race in Phoenix, certified fifteenth.
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