Inspection issues continued for Kyle Larson and his Chip Ganassi Racing team, whose pole-winning time was disallowed inFriday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session because his rear decklid fin was outside specifications.
Larson dominated Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, posting the fastest lap in each of the three sessions. Because of the penalty, Larson will start last for the second straight race — the No. 42 failed to clear pre-qualifying inspection last week at Kentucky.
Martin Truex Jr. was declared the Coors Light Pole Award winner Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, taking the No. 1 starting position after Kyle Larson’s apparent pole-winning lap was disallowed.
Larson’s speed of 133.324 mph was thrown out after NASCAR officials discovered an unapproved rear deck fin on his Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. That elevated Truex’s Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota (133.077 mph) to the first starting spot for Sunday’s Overton’s 301 at the 1.058-mile track.
Larson, who had swept all three rounds of qualifying, will now start at the rear of the 39-car field.
Seven-time series champ Jimmie Johnson rose to the second starting spot after Larson’s penalty. Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne completed the top five.
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