Larson right at home with Coors Light Pole at Auto Club
BUY TICKETS: Qualifying results " See every car " Buy tickets for Auto Club WATCH: 1-on-1 conversation with Larson California native Kyle Larson stormed to the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway. Larson notched a best lap of 187.047 mph with the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet around the 2-mile track. He'll lead the 39-car field to the green flag in Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the series' fifth race of the season and the closing event in the three-race NASCAR Goes West swing. "Really happy though, our Target team has been amazing to start the season and to get a pole is great," the series points leader said following qualifying. "I haven't gotten a pole since my rookie season. Yeah, this is awesome. "I can't say enough about everybody at our race shop for all the hard work they have been putting in." The Coors Light Pole is Larson's first of the season, first at the home-state speedway and second of his Monster Energy Cup Series career. His other pole came at Pocono Raceway during his rookie season in 2014. MORE: Larson tops first practice, to o Denny Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota will flank Larson's car on the front row after grabbing the second starting position with a lap of 186.979 mph in the last of three qualifying sessions. Hamlin had the provisional pole until Larson knocked him off, leading the JGR driver to playfully fling water at Larson's car as it came back to pit road. Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. and last week's winner, Ryan Newman, completed the top five in Friday's qualifying. Larson's pole run capped an eventful qualifying session, with five cars failing to make qualifying attempts for different reasons. Jimmie Johnson, a six-time Auto Club winner, crashed his primary No. 48 Chevrolet near the end of opening practice. With no laps on an untested reserve car, the Hendrick Motorsports team opted to skip the session. RELATED: Johnson sits out qualifying Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Gray Gaulding and Matt DiBenedetto failed to log speeds in the opening 20-minute round after their cars did not make it to the grid through pre-qualifying inspection. MORE: Logano, more miss qualifying after tech holdups "It happens. We're a team, right?" Logano said after missing out on the first round. "Obviously, everyone's trying to push it and get every ounce of speed out of our cars when we can. I don't even know why we didn't make it through on time. ... No big deal." Keselowski and Paul Menard both drove away after scrapes with the Turn 2 wall during the second of three rounds. Two more practice sessions are scheduled Saturday for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. &lt;/p&gt;
Out Front with Miss Coors Light : Toyota Owners 400
Miss Coors Light , Amanda Mertz, catches up with Joey Logano after he captures his season leading third Coors Light Pole Award of 2015.
Out Front With Miss Coors Light : Irwin Tools Night Race
Miss Coors Light , Amanda Mertz, catches up with Denny Hamlin after he secures the pole for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Out Front with Miss Coors Light : Indianapolis
Miss Coors Light , Amanda Mertz, catches up with Carl Edwards after he secures his second pole in as many weeks and his first at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Out Front With Miss Coors Light : Windows 10 400
Miss Coors Light , Amanda Mertz, catches up with Kyle Busch as he continues his dominance by grabbing his second career pole at Pocono Raceway after winning the last four out of five races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Out Front with Miss Coors Light : Toyota/Save Mart 350
Miss Coors Light , Amanda Mertz, talks with AJ Allmendinger after he captured his first pole of the 2015 season.
Out Front with Miss Coors Light : Quicken Loans 400
Amanda Mertz catches up with Kasey Kahne after he captures his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season and first since Kansas Speedway in 2012.
Out Front with Miss Coors Light : Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
Miss Coors Light , Amanda Mertz, catches up with Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway after he wins his sixth Coors Light Pole Award of 2015.
Out Front With Miss Coors Light : Pure Michigan 400
Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz talks with Matt Kenseth at Michigan International Speedway after winning his third Coors Light Pole of the 2015 season.
Out Front with Miss Coors Light : CampingWorld.com 500
Miss Coors Light , Amanda Mertz, catches up with Jeff Gordon after grabbing the Coors Light Pole Award for the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
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