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2014 Pocono II: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 01, 2014 - 06:30 PM
2014 Pocono II: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Recap

Kyle Larson captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup career pole position with a track record lap of 183.438-mph/49.063 seconds in his No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS for Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono raceway. The Rookie-of-the-Year contender bested the previous record of 181.415 mph/49.610 seconds around the 2.5-mile track set by Denny Hamlin in June 2014.

This also marked the 15th Cup track qualifying record set thus far in 2014.

In his final attempt during NASCAR’s three-round knockout qualifying format, Larson surpassed Joey Logano (Ford) who had posted fast times in the first two rounds. Brad Keselowski (Ford) qualified third.


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"I had some butterflies before that last round," said Larson, who is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole. "I knew we had a shot at the pole and I was nervous. I hit all three corners about as good as I could."

Rounding out the top five were Kurt Busch, a two-time winner at Pocono who qualified fourth in his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, and Jeff Gordon, who won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis last week and has also scored six victories at Pocono, qualified his No. 24 Axalta Chevy SS in the fifth position.

Team Chevy put nine divers in the Top 12 starting line-up at the track known as the ‘Tricky Triangle’: Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS qualified sixth, and Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bad Boy Buggies Chevy SS qualified seventh. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won the Pocono 400 in June, qualified his No. 88 Michael Baker International Chevrolet SS ninth, while Danica Patrick, No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevy SS was 10th.

Austin Dillon, also a Rookie-of-the-Year contender, qualified 11th in his No. 3 American Ethanol Chevy SS; and Kasey Kahne, with two wins to his credit at Pocono, was 12th quick in his No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevy SS.

Jimmie Johnson, who has three career wins at Pocono Raceway, qualified 17th in his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS.

The GoBowling.com 400 is scheduled to take the green flag on Sunday August 3rd at 1:00 p.m. ET. Live coverage will be available on ESPN, MRN, Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and NASCAR.com.

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