NASCAR at New Hampshire 2017 Qualifying Results: Martin Truex Jr. Awarded Pole

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2017

LOUDON, NH - JULY 14:  Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Kyle Larson finished first in qualifying 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; however, he will not sit in pole position.

The Associated Press, via USA Today, reported Larson was disqualified after a failed inspection. As a result, Martin Truex Jr. will sit in pole position for the 19th race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season instead.

Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth are set to start on Row 2 after finishing third and fourth in qualifying on the Magic Mile, respectively.

Here's a look at the complete results (via NASCAR.com):

1. Kyle Larson (42)

2. Martin Truex Jr. (78)

3. Jimmie Johnson (48)

4. Matt Kenseth (20)

5. Jamie McMurray (1)

6. Kasey Kahne (5)

7. Erik Jones (77)

8. Kyle Busch (18)

9. Denny Hamlin (11)

10. Kurt Busch (41)

11. Brad Keselowski (2)

12. Chase Elliott (24)

13. Kevin Harvick (4)

14. Joey Logano (22)

15. Daniel Suarez (19)

16. Ryan Blaney (21)

17. Matt DiBenedetto (32)

18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17)

19. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

20. Clint Bowyer (14)

21. Michael McDowell (95)

22. Aric Almirola (43)

23. Chris Buescher (37)

24. AJ Allmendinger (47)

25. Ryan Newman (31)

26. Ty Dillon (13)

27. Austin Dillon (3)

28. Trevor Bayne (6)

29. Landon Cassill (34)

30. Paul Menard (27)

31. Danica Patrick (10)

32. Corey LaJoie (23)

33. David Ragan (38)

34. Cole Whitt (72)

35. Gray Gaulding (55)

36. Reed Sorenson (15)

37. Ryan Sieg (83)

38. Jeffrey Earnhardt (33)

39. Josh Bilicki (51)

Larson dominated the proceedings by posting the best time in all three rounds.

The Chip Ganassi Racing star is enjoying a breakout campaign to the tune of two wins and eight top-five finishes in 18 starts. The result is second place in the Cup Series standings.

NASCAR on NBC highlighted his qualifying triumph:

Meanwhile, pressure continues to mount on Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ranked 19th in qualifying as he continues to seek his first win of the 2017 campaign.

The 42-year-old fan favorite is set to retire at year's end and needs a change of fortune in order to reach the Cup Championship Playoffs. He spoke with NASCAR on NBC about the need to start taking more risks in order to land in Victory Lane:

Kenseth, the defending race winner, is coming off a whirlwind week of his own. Joe Gibbs Racing announced the driver of the No. 20 machine won't return next season and will be replaced by Erik Jones, one of the sport's rising stars.

It puts more pressure on the Wisconsin native to prove himself in the coming weeks as he seeks an opportunity with another team for 2018 and beyond. He said Friday before qualifying fourth that he's not ready to walk away from the track, per Nate Ryan of NBC Sports.

"I hope to race next year," Kenseth said. "I still enjoy racing. I still feel like I could be an asset to somebody, so I hope so."

Looking ahead, Truex may be starting from the pole, but the summer race at New Hampshire has been one of the most wide-open events on the NASCAR schedule. The last 10 editions of the race have each produced a different winner.

That's music to the ears of every driver in need of a statement win Sunday afternoon. If they are able to remain within striking distance heading into the final segment of the race, there's a chance some chaos can help one of them capture the checkered flag.