Kyle Larson will look to continue his winning ways as he starts from the pole in Saturday’s (June 26) NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
The No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports driver has been on a roll, tallying three points victories in the past month as well as the All-Star Race two weeks ago.
Larson begins alongside his teammate William Byron on the front row, while Ford drivers Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano make up the second row. In fifth is Kyle Busch in his No. 18 Toyota, the first of three Joe Gibbs Racing cars in the top 10.
Ross Chastain, who rallied to a runner up last week at Nashville Superspeedway, rolls off sixth and JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is seventh. Chastain’s Chip Ganassi Racing colleague Kurt Busch is eighth, while JGR’s Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin line up ninth and 10th.
Four categories were weighted and added to set the starting lineup: driver’s and car owner’s finishing position (25% each), fastest lap from previous race (15%) and rank in team owner’s points (35%).
Sunday’s lineup depends on where drivers finish on Saturday, as positions first-20th will be inverted (the winner will start 20th, second place will start 19th, etc.). Drivers who finished 21st-40th will begin in that same position on Sunday.
The Pocono Organics CBD 325 airs on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, while the Explore the Pocono Mountans 350 airs at 3:30 p.m. ET on the same network.
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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor while continuing to write daily fantasy and news articles. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.