Kyle Larson picks up where he left off at Michigan, takes pole for Sunday’s race

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Kyle Larson’s love affair with Michigan International Speedway continued Friday.

Larson earned his first career NASCAR Cup victory last August at the 2-mile, high-speed oval. Then on Friday, not only was Larson fastest in practice, he also earned the pole for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.

Larson was fastest of the 37 drivers who made qualifying attempts with a speed of 202.156 mph.

“I could tell by the RPM and engine, it was going to be a pretty good lap,” Larson told Fox Sports 2. “Getting the pole after winning here last year, we just hope to keep it going.

“So far, it’s a pretty good weekend, leading practice and then getting quick time here. It’s an exciting weekend, like I said, keep it going.”

It was Larson’s fourth pole in this season’s first 15 races, although two of those were due to qualifying being rained out.

For the third straight race, Martin Truex Jr. will start on the outside of the front row, qualifying second with a speed of 202.117 mph.

Third through fifth were Clint Bowyer (201.664 mph), Kyle Busch (201.523) and Denny Hamlin (201.337).

Sixth through 10th were Pocono winner Ryan Blaney (200.854), Joey Logano (200.770), Jamie McMurray (200.742), Matt Kenseth (200.730) and Chase Elliott (200.378).

The qualifying time for the No. 13 Chevrolet of Ty Dillon was disallowed for an unapproved body modification found in post-qualifying inspection. Dillon originally qualified 24th, but now he’ll start from the back of the field in Sunday’s race.

Click here for the full list of qualifying speeds.

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