Larson wins his first career pole at Pocono; Bowyer will start 14th
Updated On: Aug 01 2014 11:26:09 PM CDT
Sunday at Pocono will mark the second time rookie Kyle Larson will lead a Sprint Cup series field to the green from the pole position, but Friday actually marked his first official career pole. The other time Larson started up front, it was based on practice speeds after qualifying was rained out. No rain Friday at the tricky triangle, and the rookie laid down a new track record lap of 183.438 mph.
"It's really exciting," said Larson. "I got the pole at Richmond, but that was in practice. So, this is a legit pole and I'm really happy about that and it looks like a really good weekend."
Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon round out the top five.
The Toyota camp only put one car in the top 10, that is Kyle Busch, who will start seventh. Kansas native Clint Bowyer, didn’t make the final round of qualifying and was the third highest qualifying Toyota. Bowyer will start Sunday in 14th.
"It was alright. We just started way too loose and that certainly doesn't help anything," said Bowyer. "Every time you're on the race track you put a cycle on the tires and they're bound to slow up. We can at least see the front from there and we'll be able to race good. I feel pretty good about my car. It's got a good balance on it and had good speed all day long so we'll just keep digging here."