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Larson has not been consistently strong on road courses, but after winning Michigan International Speedway last week and two sprint vehicle races on Monday and Tuesday, plus another World of Outlaws Sprint auto race last week, it's impossible to discount the importance of momentum.

Larson officially has five poles this season but has started first five times because qualifying has been rained out twice while he's been the points leader.

Last week's victor at Michigan, Kyle Larson was fastest in final practice with a lap of 94.389 miles per hour. "I felt like I gave up enough there that I wouldn't have a shot at the pole".

"On the ovals, [the Cup cars] are just stuck to the race track and they are pretty ridged and don't move around a whole lot, where sprint cars kind of flex around and you can feel the suspension a lot more", Larson said.

Larson has led the points standings nine of the past 12 weeks, with Truex holding the top spot the other three weeks.

"This is cool to get a pole on a road course at my home state", Larson said. That's a joke. But I am really comfortable here.

"A lot of us young guys have been running good this year, so it's a great time to sort of step up and show the sport and the fans that we can take it over, or not necessarily take it over, but to be the next face for NASCAR", Larson said Friday.

Truex ended up second-fastest, Kyle Busch third, McMurray was fourth and Chris Buescher rounded out the top-five. Truex's total is such he's already well positioned to advance to the four-driver championship finale November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"Kyle just got a little bit more".

"It definitely hurt the tires to make an extra lap", Truex said. Chris Buescher was ninth and the rest of the final round of qualifying was rounded out by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Daniel Suarez - a rookie driving the auto that Carl Edwards won the pole in previous year - and Kevin Harvick.

"The cars have really improved in the last few years on road courses from when I first came to the team", Patrick said.

Patrick's sixth-place qualifying effort is her best since August 2014 when she qualified 10th at Pocono.

Elliott, who qualified a back-up auto, was fastest in the first round.

The "FOX Sports Visor Cam", several years in development, was tested on Danica Patrick's helmet Friday afternoon and will remain for its race debut as the Stewart-Haas Racing driver pilots the No. 10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion on Sunday.

He registered the fastest lap in the opening 25-minute round of qualifying, driving his backup vehicle.

Matt Kenseth was the only driver who failed to post a time. With having to already start in the rear of the field, Kenseth went out on track and slowly ran half a lap before returning to pit road.


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