Kyle Larson’s lap speed of 117.177 mph in the second round of NASCAR Cup Series qualifying was enough to snag the pole for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway Saturday (Aug. 13).
It’s Larson’s 13th career pole and third of the season for the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports driver, tying a career high.
Larson edged out Ross Chastain, who held the fastest lap from the start of the second round until Larson went out. Chastain joins Larson on the front row, tying his career best starting spot, while Denny Hamlin and William Byron make up the second row. Alex Bowman rounds out the top-five starters.
Martin Truex Jr. begins Sunday’s race in sixth, while Cole Custer slots in seventh. Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney complete the top 10 on the grid. Blaney had just kissed the wall during his lap but was able to finish it off.
The Federated Auto Parts 400 airs Sunday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. ET on USA 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.
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