Kyle Larson wasn’t going to let anyone get in the way of him getting his third consecutive pole at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday afternoon (June 22).
The Elk Grove, Calif., native, won the pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 94.784 seconds, 95.712 miles per hour.
“I felt good in our mock run yesterday in practice, ran a good lap,” Larson told FOX Sports 1. “Both of these two rounds I ran good. I felt like I overdrove the first session.”
“Then the next session I was like, ‘Okay, I’m just going to calm down and not make any mistakes,’ and I probably under-drove just a little,” Larson continued. “I felt like through the Carousel and Turn 7, I probably under-drove some and gave up a little speed, but felt like I made up some time in other areas.”
— Sonoma Raceway (@RaceSonoma) June 22, 2019
This was the first time since Kansas Speedway in May that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ran group qualifying, as it changed the format to single-car qualifying to every track except for road courses after that race.
Erik Jones found trouble as he got a left rear puncture and wasn’t able to make it out again due to not being able to change tires during qualifying.
— Bryan Nolen (@TheBryanNolen) June 22, 2019
In round two, it was the Larson show once again, and he will lead the field from the start of the field as a result. Byron will start second, followed by Logano, Chase Elliott and Daniel Suarez to round out the top five.
Catch all of the action on Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m./ET (noon local time) on FOX Sports 1.