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Kyle Larson and teammate Jamie McMurray to start 1-2 at Sonoma

January 21 2018, 12:17 | Guillermo Bowen

Kyle Larson and teammate Jamie McMurray to start 1-2 at Sonoma

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Larson has not been consistently strong on road courses, but after winning Michigan International Speedway last week and two sprint vehicle races on Monday and Tuesday, plus another World of Outlaws Sprint auto race last week, it's impossible to discount the importance of momentum. Larson has also finished second five times this season along with a runner-up showing in the All-Star Race.

Larson's average lap speed in the final round was 95.295 miles per hour, just topping McMurray (95.204 mph). I felt like I gave up enough there I wouldn't have a shot at the pole.

Day also this year is running for the Euro Series Championship with plans to race again in the Monster Energy Cup Series NASCAR race at Watkins Glen in NY in August.

"Looking forward to it though, I always enjoy coming to Sonoma and hanging out in Napa Valley with some friends and coming to do road course racing is always fun, too".

"I thought I did a really good job". But then again, he wants to keep pace with Martin Truex Jr. Truex's total is such he's already well positioned to advance to the four-driver championship finale November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"Throughout the off-season, we just got our cars a lot better, and that's allowed me to not over-drive as much and make mistakes". "And I had a glass of my wine before I made my lap". Luckily we were able to make it through the first round.

Kyle Busch, the only multiple Sonoma victor in the field, qualified fourth with AJ Allmendinger in fifth.

The #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team rolled out a backup vehicle after the incident, and Elliott will have to qualify on Saturday with no laps on the auto.

"The cars have really improved in the last few years on road courses from when I first came to the team", Patrick said. Elliott was trailed by Truex, Kyle Busch, McMurray, and Chris Buescher in the first round.

It was Patrick's best qualifying effort since she was fourth at Charlotte in 2014, and the third best qualifying effort of her Cup career.

"I think he's the guy to step into the role", racing fan Matt Ricci said.

Chase Elliott, who spun and later crashed his primary Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet in Friday's practices, reversed his fortunes Saturday.

The "FOX Sports Visor Cam", several years in development, was tested on Danica Patrick's helmet Friday afternoon and will remain for its race debut as the Stewart-Haas Racing driver pilots the No. 10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion on Sunday. "Just came in today and the only thing I said to myself was don't mess up".

After his team prepared the backup auto, Jones got back on track with roughly 25 minutes left in final practice.

He is one of a handful of drivers with road course skills who competes one of the two times a year NASCAR does not run on ovals.

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