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Kyle Larson Wins Charlotte Cup Pole

Kyle Larson will start on the pole for Sunday’s (May 30) Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Larson earned his ninth career NASCAR Cup Series pole on Saturday and first with Hendrick Motorsports, going 180.282 mph in one lap.

JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will line up next to Larson on the front row after posting 180.24 mph. Larson’s Hendrick teammates Chase Elliott and William Byron start third and fourth while Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick rounds out the top five.

Austin Dillon, who was fastest in practice, lines up sixth and Alex Bowman is seventh. Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 of Joe Gibbs Racing was the fastest Toyota in eighth, Daniel Suarez starts ninth and Ross Chastain completes the top 10 qualifiers.

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Austin Dillon Leads Charlotte Cup Practice

There were no issues in the session.

Cup Starting Lineup from Charlotte

The Coca-Cola 600 airs May 29 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX and PRN radio.

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The irony is that so many “fans” have been calling for a return to practice and qualifying. But except for Stenhouse, the field is pretty much the same as it would have been using NSACAR’s formula for setting the field without qualifying.


It’s the only way Stenhouse could start that high or other drivers start better than they normally could.