Before the June race at Pocono, Kyle Larson's team owner, Chip Ganassi, got him a stick-shift Chevrolet Camaro to practice shifting in. With Pocono, a place where drivers shift, and the road course at Sonoma comng up, Ganassi wanted to make sure Larson knew what he was doing.
The lesson has paid off.
In his first race at the track, Larson absolutely dominated in ARCA and won. The next day, in the Pocono Sprint Cup Series race, he finished fifth. And on Friday, Larson qualified on the pole for Sunday's return trip to Pocono.
It's the second time Larson has started first this season, but it's his first official pole. At Richmond he started first by virtue of having the fastest practice speed as qualifying was rained out.
And guess who was right behind Larson? Yep, the Penske cars. Joey Logano qualified second while Brad Keselowski was third. Kurt Busch will start fourth while Jeff Gordon starts fifth.
There were 43 cars attempting to qualify so no one misses the race.
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