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May 4, 2018

Larson wins pole for “AAA 400 Drive for Autism”

By Colton Wood

Kyle Larson turned in a 22.770-second lap time in the final round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Friday and secured the pole for Sunday’s “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” at Dover International Speedway.

Kyle Larson celebrates his first career pole at Dover International Speedway on Friday. GETTY IMAGES

It’s Larson’s first pole this season, the fifth of his career and the first since securing the pole at Richmond on Sept. 9, 2017. It is also Larson’s first pole at the Monster Mile.

“Our team’s been working hard working really hard to make our cars better and better,” Larson said. “Each race we’ve gone to, they’ve been excited about the race cars that they brought to the track because they’ve been steps in the right direction … . It’s cool to see it paying off with us getting the pole.”

Kevin Harvick will start alongside Larson on Sunday after recording a 22.858-second lap time. Reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will start third. Kyle Busch, who won at Dover last fall, qualified fourth, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start fifth.

Rookie William Byron will start sixth in his first Cup Series race at the Monster Mile.

Ryan Newman edged Kasey Kahne (23.306 seconds to 23.508 seconds) in the first round of qualifying to advance to Round 2.

Rookie Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. (26th) and Austin Dillon (27th) were also unable to make it past the first round of qualifying.

Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson, who is vying for his 12th win at the Monster Mile, clocked in a lap time of 23.193 seconds and will start 19th after failing to make it to the final round.

The green flag for Sunday’s “AAA Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is set for shortly after 2 p.m.

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