Pole victor Kyle Larson tagged with post-qualifying penalty

Dale Earnhardt Jr. defends Martin Truex Jr. dominating NASCAR right now

Larson will start last in the 39-car field, the second race in a row he's had to do so after failing inspection.

The Overton 301 race, which officially kicks off the second half of the season, is scheduled for 3 p.m.

NESN Fuel's Mike Cole and Ben Watanabe went on location at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to talk about Larson's penalty, Aric Almirola's return, Matt Kenseth's future and more on "The Track Bar". He will start at the rear of the field for Sunday's Cup race. He was elevated to the pole when Kyle Larson's time was disallowed, but this team has speed to spare and should lead laps early. Busch's fastest lap of 29.086 seconds, with a speed of 130.950 miles per hour, was enough to best Martin Truex Jr. by.085 seconds. Hamlin's speed came in a back-up vehicle, unloaded after his primary auto was damaged in a crash in opening practice.

Chase Elliott completed the top five, just ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson in the 55-minute final tune-up.

All three Richard Childress Racing cars failed to advance past the first round.


Truex also posted the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average of 130.094mph followed Ryan Blaney's 129.855mph. He will start at the rear of the field in Sunday's Cup race.

NASCAR's eyes got bigger at New Hampshire - though Larson did pass pre-qualifying inspection.

Coors Light Pole victor Martin Truex Jr. backed up his show of speed Saturday morning in the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NASCAR ruled that the No. 42 Chevrolet was fitted with an illegal rear deck fin lid.

Jimmie Johnson was third-fastest in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet at 131.184 miles per hour, just ahead of his teammate Chase Elliott in fourth (131.162). His top speed of 131.338 was exactly 29 seconds around the track.

Teams experimented with different racing grooves after track workers re-applied the PJ1 traction agent in the turns.

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