Surg­ing Lar­son wins Fon­tana pole

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Kyle Lar­son turned a lap in 38.493 sec­onds Fri­day to claim the pole for the NAS­CAR race at Fon­tana, Calif. Denny Ham­lin clocked in at 38.507 sec­onds to earn the fifth front-row start of his ca­reer at Auto Club Speed­way. Brad Ke­selowski was third, and Martin Truex Jr. was fourth.

Lar­son has fin­ished sec­ond in three con­sec­u­tive races, and he kept up his early-sea- son surge with an im­pres­sive per­for­mance in his home state. He fin­ished sec­ond at Fon­tana in 2014 in just his ninth ca­reer Cup race. Jimmie John­son will start 37th af­ter de­cid­ing not to par­tic­i­pate in qual­i­fy­ing. The de­fend­ing Fon­tana cham­pion didn’t have time to pre­pare his backup car af­ter crash­ing in prac­tice.

Joey Lo­gan and Trevor Bayne also didn’t make it out for qual­i­fy­ing.

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