Sonoma Raceway, previously known as Infineon, is a 1.99-mile circuit, at least for the NASCAR layout, and when running the 110 laps of the race at that distance, it adds up to 350 or so kilometers, and hence the number in the race name. Larson has not been consistently strong on road courses, but after winning Michigan International Speedway last week and two sprint vehicle races on Monday and Tuesday, plus another World of Outlaws Sprint auto race last week, it's impossible to discount the importance of momentum.
"I don't want to say I'm more comfortable coming to a road course than an oval, but I feel like I can understand and feel the vehicle better when I come here". "I just didn't get it all the first time - tried to save a little bit of tire".
He was trying to make up time from his "OK" run in the first round of qualifying. I was surprised to see the lap time that I ran pop up on my dash but we'll take it. It's a fun place and our race cars are always fast.
"This is cool to get a pole on my home track in my home state", Larson said on the FS1 broadcast, via Fox Sports' Tom Jensen. "I was really happy that we were able to run quicker than we did on stickers".
Kyle Busch, the only multiple Sonoma victor in the field, qualified fourth with AJ Allmendinger in fifth.
Matt Hagan topped Funny Car qualifying in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio with his track-record time Friday night.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and rookie Daniel Suarez also made it to the final qualify group.
For Patrick, her qualifying effort will be her best starting position this season. I think it kind of throws another element into it and these places are kind of driver's race tracks. "That was owned by the Ganassi guys today".
The No. 42 auto was looking up at Elliott in the first round of qualifying.
"I'm super appreciative to get the opportunity to do the things I'm doing now and enjoy life". This is his fourth career pole and first ever at Sonoma Raceway in four career starts, however, Larson has never qualified any worse than fifth, but has never finished any better than 12th in his three previous career starts in Wine Country.
"We knew we had a decent vehicle in practice and our mock runs seemed pretty good", Buescher said.
I could see today's victor coming from that pool.
Hagan took his third No. 1 qualifier of the season with a 3.865-second pass at 333.33 miles per hour in a Dodge Charger R/T.
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