Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Truex tops early Saturday practice at New Hampshire

Truex tops early Saturday practice at New Hampshire

Kyle Larson earned the pole position for the Overton's 301 on Sunday after posting the best time in the final round of qualifying Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Truex, who drives the No. 77 vehicle for Denver-based Furniture Row Racing, leads all drivers this season in race wins (3) and stage wins (13).

Former crew chief and current NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte explains how Larson's auto was deemed legal and then illegal in a matter of hours and a handful of laps.

After going 1-2 at Kentucky, Truex trailed his young rival by one point in the standings before NASCAR penalized Larson 35 points for a rules infraction. Johnston was suspended for three races because of a rear brake cooling assembly that did not meet standards.

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Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin tied for second on the leaderboard, posting identical speeds of 130.568 miles per hour.

It's the fifth career pole for Larson, including four during the current season.

Truex has the pole and the rest of the field moved up a spot.

Jimmie Johnson (130.394 mph) was sixth fastest, Daniel Suarez (130.349 mph) was seventh fastest, Ryan Blaney (130.287 mph) was eighth fastest, Matt Kenseth was ninth fastest (130.278 mph), and Jones (130.238 mph) was 10th fastest. "Well damn, we're starting second now".

"I know his plans originally were not for this team to be a one-year deal", Truex said. Kenseth had a strong run just days after Joe Gibbs Racing announced he wouldn't be driving for the team next year. In his 22 starts at NHMS, Truex has no wins, three top-five and eight top-10 finishes with a 13.7 average finish.

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