Truex on New Hamshire Pole After Larson Disqualified.

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LOUDON, NH – RIS – Kyle Larson continued his hot streak by winning the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway—almost.  Once again, NASCAR officials found illegal parts on his Chevrolet and his time was not allowed.  Larson now moves to the back of the field for Sunday’s race.

After the disqualification, Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for Sunday's Overton's 301 since he had the second-fastest time.

Truex Jr. will now start out front in a week that he inherited the top spot in the standings after Larson was penalized 35 points for an infraction found after his second-place Kentucky finish a week ago. The penalty dropped him 34 behind Truex Jr. coming into this weekend’s race.

 “Not the way we wanted to get our first pole of the year, but looking forward to starting up front and getting a good pit stall,” Truex said.

Larson had thought he had won his fourth pole of the year and fifth overall until his car failed post qualifying inspection for an unapproved rear deck fin lid.

“Missing Chad (Johnston, crew chief) I wish I could have him on the box on Sunday, but we will be strong these next few weeks,” Larson said after his apparent pole-winning run of his suspended crew chief, who will miss three races because of the Kentucky penalty.  “We have a great lineup of guys and gals at Chip Ganassi Racing."

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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Volume 2017, Issue 7, Posted 11:42 PM, 07.14.2017