NASCAR at Michigan 2017 Qualifying Results: Kyle Larson Wins 2nd Pole of Season

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2017

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 09:  Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Axalta presents the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 9, 2017 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Kyle Larson will lead the field to the starting line in the 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday after posting the top speed in the final round of qualifying Friday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Larson, who earned his second pole of the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and the third of his career, will be joined on the front row by Martin Truex Jr. for the 15th race of the year. It's the third consecutive week Truex is going to take the green flag from the second position.

Clint Bowyer ranked third and Kyle Busch fourth to earn starting spots on the second row.

Here's a look at the complete list of results via

1. Kyle Larson (42)

2. Martin Truex Jr. (78)

3. Clint Bowyer (14)

4. Kyle Busch (18)

5. Denny Hamlin (11)

6. Ryan Blaney (21)

7. Joey Logano (22)

8. Jamie McMurray (1)

9. Matt Kenseth (20)

10. Chase Elliott (24)

11. Kevin Harvick (4)

12. Brad Keselowski (2)

13. Jimmie Johnson (48)

14. Erik Jones (77)

15. Kurt Busch (41)

16. Kasey Kahne (5)

17. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

18. Austin Dillon (3)

19. Ryan Newman (31)

20. Daniel Suarez (19)

21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17)

22. Michael McDowell (95)

23. Danica Patrick (10)

24. Ty Dillon (13)

25. Chris Buescher (37)

26. A.J. Allmendinger (47)

27. Darrell Wallace Jr. (43)

28. Trevor Bayne (6)

29. Matt DiBenedetto (32)

30. David Ragan (38)

31. Paul Menard (27)

32. Ryan Sieg (23)

33. Corey LaJoie (83)

34. Cole Whitt (72)

35. Reed Sorenson (15)

36. Jeffrey Earnhardt (33)

37. Landon Cassill (34)

Larson continues to put together a breakout campaign. He currently sits second in the Cup Series standings on the strength of nine top-10 finishes in 14 starts. He also led the most laps in the All-Star Race before finishing second to Kyle Busch.

He'll look to keep those positive vibes rolling Sunday by picking up his second straight win at Michigan. He won the Pure Michigan 400 at the track last August.

Jim Geyer of WLNS spotlighted Larson's pole celebration:

The June race at Michigan has produced six different winners over the past six years, which yields hope to struggling drivers seeking an opportunity to win a wide-open race.

Reigning champion Joey Logano, who will start seventh, is looking to defend his title and get off the schneid after a series of lackluster results, though. He's finished outside the top 20 in five of his last six starts since his victory at Richmond in late April.

Chase Wilhelm of Fox Sports passed along comments from the driver of the No. 22 Ford about trying to get back on track at a venue where he's enjoyed previous success.

"To be able to unload today with decent speed, then switch to qualifying trim and find more that last run is definitely a nice turnaround for us," Logano said. "We have been lacking a little speed but this seems like the best race track for us to turn this around."

Looking toward Sunday, all signs point to another highly competitive 200 laps after 14 lead changes in the 2016 edition of the race. The events where a dominant driver or team doesn't exist are usually the most exciting outside of the playoffs.

Larson may have the advantage of starting from the pole, but the top spot should switch hands plenty of times before the checkered flag waves at Michigan.


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