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06-2022

Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson to start on pole for 5th straight year in Sonoma

Kyle Larson just can’t be beat in qualifying at Sonoma Raceway recently, and he hopes his recent superiority leads to a similar stretch of dominance in the race. Larson would start on pole for the fifth time in a row in a NASCAR Cup Series race. Home track after defeating Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott on Saturday in qualifying at the Healy Road Course in Wine Country. (Video player above: Top stories for June 11, 2022.) Larson, who has done one lap in his Chevrolet at 92.11 mph, won four consecutive poles to race in Sonoma since 2017. There were no races in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and NASCAR did not qualify in 2021, but the Sacramento-area native still started with Elliott via an alternate formula. Used last year. Larsen capitalized on last year by winning the race in overtime. The defending Cup Series champion surprised himself this year as well, with his bounce in front of the field on a difficult path that challenges drivers to quickly figure out their twists and quirks. “I think I could have run faster enough,” Larsen said. “On my good lap, I made a huge mistake at Turn 4. I was surprised that I ran the lap which I did, because it was such a big mistake.” Elliott was a fraction of a second behind Larsen, and Chris Bucher qualified an impressive third after missing last week’s race at the Gateway due to a positive COVID-19 test. Michael McDowell finished fourth ahead of Tyler Reddick, while Cole Custer came in sixth. The leaders were no surprise given the circuit and the conditions: Larsson won three road courses last season, while Elliott collected seven of his 14 career victories on the road course. The .Sonoma Course is back in the 1.99-mile chute layout after running with long carousel turns in the previous two editions of the Cup Series race. Although some drivers expressed clear preferences for both setups during the day, Larsen said he did not particularly care which layout was used, feeling confident on both.___More Associated Press Auto Racing : https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Kyle Larson just can’t be beat in qualifying at Sonoma Raceway recently, and he hopes his recent superiority will lead to a similar stretch of dominance in the race.

Larson will take pole for the fifth time in a NASCAR Cup Series race at his home track on Saturday, beating Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott on Saturday to qualify on the Healy Road Course in Wine Country.

(Video player above: Top news of June 11, 2022.)

Larson, who clocked 92.11 mph in his Chevrolet one lap, has won four consecutive poles to race in Sonoma since 2017. There were no races in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and NASCAR didn’t qualify in 2021, but the Sacramento-area native still came out with Elliott via the alternate formula used last year.

Larsen capitalized on last year by winning the race in overtime. The defending Cup Series champions this year also surprised themselves with their bounce in front of the field on a difficult road, challenging drivers to quickly figure out their twists and quirks.

“I think I could have run faster enough,” Larsen said. “On my good lap, I made a huge mistake at Turn 4. I was surprised that I did the lap I did, because it was such a big mistake.”

Elliott was a fraction of a second behind Larsen, and Chris Bucher finished an impressive third after missing last week’s race at the Gateway due to a positive COVID-19 test. Michael McDowell finished fourth ahead of Tyler Reddick, while Cole Custer finished sixth.

The leaders came as no surprise given the circuit and the conditions: Larsson won three road courses last season, while Elliott took seven of his 14 career victories on the road course.

The Sonoma Course is back in the 1.99-mile chute layout after racing with long carousel turns in the last two editions of the Cup Series race.

While some drivers expressed clear preferences for both setups during the day, Larsson said he didn’t particularly care which layout was used, feeling confident on both.

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More Associated Press Auto Racing: https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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