Kyle Larson claims pole position for Truck Series at Pocono

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Another day, another pole for Kyle Larson.

One day after earning his first career Sprint Cup pole, Larson did the same this morning in qualifying for the Camping World Truck Series at Pocono Raceway.

Thanks to a 168.913 mph lap around the 2.5-mile oval, he’ll lead the field to the green flag in this afternoon’s Pocono Mountains 150 (1 p.m. ET, check local listings).

Larson was able to claim the pole despite having to make an inside pass in Turn 2 around defending Truck Series champion Matt Crafton on his flyer lap.

“I was really hoping I wouldn’t get that close to Crafton,” Larson said to Fox Sports. “But I got a really good run coming to the green and got through Turn 1 good.

“I was hoping that maybe he’d get tight and it happened to him off [Turn 2] and it didn’t really affect my lap at all. It was a good run for us. This Chevrolet Silverado is really, really fast. Turner Scott Motorsports built a great truck and it’s gonna be a fun race.”

Joining Larson on the front row will be his main rival for Sprint Cup rookie of the year honors. Austin Dillon’s lap of 168.558 mph was enough to put his Richard Childress Racing Chevy second on the grid.

Behind them will be Brad Keselowski Racing’s Tyler Reddick and one of Larson’s TSM teammates, Ben Kennedy, in Row 2. Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter are in Row 3, followed by Justin Lofton and BKR driver/Truck Series points leader Ryan Blaney in Row 4.

As for the third Sprint Cup regular that’s competing in today’s Truck race, Clint Bowyer will start 10th alongside Crafton in Row 5.

Bowyer is subbing for John Wes Townley, who is held out of competition after being hospitalized following a crash in yesterday’s ARCA qualifying session (Townley has since been released).

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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.