Kyle Larson laid down a 137.847 mph lap and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway. Fellow Championship 4 driver Chase Elliott will start alongside on the front row in his bid to win back-to-back championships. William Byron starts third, while Ryan Blaney and Kurt Busch round out the top five.
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“It was nice to go out second to last and have a benchmark to shoot for,” Larson said after qualifying. “Chase (Elliott) got his tires in the resin so I decided to try it.”
Championship 4 driver Denny Hamlin starts sixth, followed by Cole Custer and Christopher Bell. Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano complete the top-10 starters.
The fourth and final Championship 4 driver, Martin Truex Jr. will start 12th.
Elliott is the only driver whose car made it through inspection on the first try. Car chiefs Brandon Griffith (Hamlin), Jesse Saunders (Larson) and Blake Harris (Truex) were ejected, and all three cars passed on their third pass through.
Coverage of Sunday’s championship race will begin at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock.
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