Larson’s time for qualifying three laps and the mandatory four-tire pit stop was 112.626 seconds 143.839 mph. wins him the first starting position on The Pole in this Saturdays All-Star Run
Larson said, “We are starting with a exceptional starting spot here, I hope we win the All-Star run tomorrow. We were close last year. And the atmosphere of the All-Star race, well, there’s just something about it. It’s a lot of fun and not a whole lot on the line other than a lot of money. So, I’m excited for tomorrow’s events.”
Kyle Busch qualified 2nd.
Busch said, “I thought our lap was really good, We had speed in our run car.”
Kevin Harvick, qualified third.
Harvick said, "I feel like starting up front with the way that the tires are and the way that everything was will be a huge benefit because of the fact of your average position and all of the things that have to happen,We just didn’t want to start in the back, so lug nuts tight, not sliding through the pit box, don’t miss pit road and don’t overdrive the car. We probably could have all done a little bit better, but all in all we didn’t make any huge mistakes and that was the goal.”
Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.
Johnson said about sliding past his pit box, “All my practices reps and the 1st round, I was in that later stall, I tried to make an adjustment in my visual reference point and I missed it by two stalls deep where I have been practicing the whole time. I just was too aggressive on pit road. I needed to back up my mark a little bit more.”
Kurt Busch had the pole, but was penalized for two loose lug nuts after his pit stop. He will start 5th because only five drivers advanced to the 2nd and final round.
Martin Truex Jr. was also one of the drivers that was hit with a 5-second lug nut penalty in Round 1.
Truex said, “The loose lug nut was costly and we just have to make it up in the run tomorrow, I have all the confidence in our team and feel that we’ll have a competitive 5-hour ENERGY Toyota for the main event.”
With 16 starting positions set, four more will be added tomorrow - three in the Monster Energy Open and one with the fan vote.