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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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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