DOVER, Del. — Until Saturday morning, Kyle Larson had never had a season where he scored multiple Coors Light Pole Awards in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
That all changed during qualifying at Dover Int’l Speedway, when the 24-year-old driver led the final two knockout rounds, turning a fast time of 22.864 seconds (157.453 mph) in the final session to score his second pole of the year and first at the Monster Mile.
Larson paced the final two rounds and held onto the top spot as Cup drivers swept the top-four spots.
“Our race cars are just really good on them right now,” Larson said. “This is the best car I’ve ever had here at Dover so I’m really excited about the race today. Our ParkerStore Chevy’s been amazing, right off the bat yesterday in practice. Our first run I thought was really, really good and then we tweaked on it and got even better. I’m excited and looking forward to it. Me and the 22 have been the best so far the two days so should be a good race.”
“It already seems like it’s taken more rubber to the racetrack earlier on in the week then it has in the past so that always allows the groove to move around some. It should be a good race, it’s always exciting here at Dover and hopefully we can get a win.”
Charlotte winner Ryan Blaney (156.972 mph) starts alongside Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet and looks to break a year-and-a-half win-less streak for the No. 22 team. Daniel Suarez was third (156.917 mph) with Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones (156.692 mph) make up row 2.
Brennan Poole (156.27 mph) led all XFINITY Series regulars in fifth, making it two Ganassi cars in the top-five. Matt Tifft was sixth (156.087 mph) followed by Austin Dillon (156.006 mph) in seventh.
Rookie William Byron (155.642 mph), points leader Elliott Sadler (155.521 mph) and Daniel Hemric (155.119 mph) completed the top-10.
The final Dash-4-Cash race of the year, the OneMain Financial 200, kicks off at 1 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).
Full qualifying results can be viewed on the next page…