Larson, Truex take top 2 spots in Michigan qualifying

There hasn’t been a full-time African American driver on NASCAR’s premier circuit since Virginian Wendell Scott retired in 1973

It was a great weekend for Kyle Larson and Cars 3.

"The Cars 3 Chevy was really, really fast", Larson said. My dad is here today, too. This is our second Cup win of the year, but we've had six second-place finishes (including the All-Star Race). "I think we have just kind of continued to gel and continued to build on what we now have and it has been showing on Sundays a lot".

Clint Bowyer was third, followed by Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney, last week's victor.

After finishing outside the top 20 in five consecutive races, Joey Logano brought the No. 22 auto home third, having the freshest tires toward the front of the field.

"In the Cup days, I ran pretty hard", the 82-year-old South Carolinian said.

Even though Larson led the most laps, he said he thought he had the third or fourth-best vehicle - behind Martin Truex Jr. and Busch.

At Pocono, Busch fell through the field to finish ninth over the race's final 10 laps. "Just had to keep fighting all day". Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. are right behind him at 13/2. I fell back to fifth or so, was able to get enough momentum to get back to third. Larson would pass Kyle Busch with 15 laps to go, and hang on through a couple late restarts to secure the win. Busch slid back to seventh.

Dale Earnhardt in his final Cup season.

"That next step", which Hylton Motorsports could take with an infusion of sponsorship money, would make the team more competitive, Jones said. "We had a few bright spots, but we couldn't get it there at the end".

"We just got really loose there in the last round", Harvick said. Probably should have took two tires that last time we pitted - we took four.

Larson is second in points. Fast facts: For the second week in a row, the trucks will race at a separate track from their NASCAR counterparts.

Matt Kenseth ran a close second to Larson through most of the second stage, but after Kenseth slid through his pit box during a green-flag cycle of stops on lap 108, he wound up trailing Larson by six seconds after the round of pit stops completed.

Truex claimed each of the first two stages in the race.

Although Larson spend much of his time in the lead, it was Martin Truex Jr. who swept the first two stages and earned a pair of playoff points.

In addition to his two victories this year, Larson has finished second five times in 15 races. Then Elliott was leading the August race comfortably before a yellow flag gave Larson a boost.

"I know I led a lot of laps, but it seemed like whenever he wanted to get the lead, (Truex) hit a nitro button and would just cruise up to the lead and check out", Larson said.

Then Clint Bowyer went into the wall, bringing out a caution.

Sure, he is starting at the back of the field in a backup vehicle at a track where he been hit and miss, but Johnson thrives in situations like this, and all the red flags should lower his ownership.

A narrow racing groove dictates that while the speeds are high, there would be even more lead changes, passing and even more exciting restarts, if it was wider.

Ty Dillon will start from the rear on Sunday after his time was disallowed because of unapproved modifications to the body of his No. 13 Chevrolet during qualifying. He is tied with Cale Yarborough for sixth with 83 wins. Joey Logano won the 2016 FireKeepers Casino 400. It was a huge weekend in Pocono last Sunday as Ryan Blaney picked up his first career victory in the Cup series and 99th for Wood Brothers Racing and their first since the Daytona 500 in 2011. Like in Cup, the series leader, Justin Allgaier, is just one point up heading to MI.

Another race, another first-time victor. Two Michigan natives, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones, competed in Sunday's race.



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