Kyle Larson earned the pole position for the Overton's 301 on Sunday after posting the best time in the final round of qualifying Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. He turned a fast lap of 133.324 miles per hour. His auto failed to clear pre-qualifying inspection last week at Kentucky.
Martin Truex Jr. will lead the field to green for the first time this season.
Larson had raced to the top of the field without his suspended crew chief, Chad Johnston.
Team owner Chip Ganassi did not appeal the penalty issued for failing postrace inspection at Kentucky. Tony Lunders served as the interim crew chief.
"You never know but I think performance-wise and speed-wise we have what it takes to get the job done, but still it is racing and you never know what is going to happen".
"We've been working on it for a couple of years really", Truex before pole qualifying runs last night.
NASCAR's eyes got bigger at New Hampshire - though Larson did pass pre-qualifying inspection.
Polesitter Martin Truex Jr., who led second practice, was second quick with a single-lap speed of 130.568mph followed by Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, rookie Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth and rookie Erik Jones. It was Larson's fourth pole of the season and fifth of his career. "Well damn, we're starting second now". Joe Gibbs Racing tries to grab its first win of the season.
Kyle Busch retained the top speed after 15 minutes, Truex, Hamlin, Johnson, Suarez, Blaney, Kenseth, Elliott, Kurt Busch and Keselowski rounded out the top 10.
"I know his plans originally were not for this team to be a one-year deal", Truex said.