Kyle Larson shows his strong form by winning the Coca-Cola 600 pole position on Saturday.
NASCAR Cup Series had a qualifying session for the second week in a row, this time for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Michael McDowell got the early lead with his lap time and had a big gap. His Front Row Motorsports teammate Anthony Alfredo put up a great lap, less than 0.1 seconds slower than McDowell’s, but Ryan Preece and Corey LaJoie got even closer.
Brad Keselowski was the one who had finally beaten McDowell’s time, by 0.212 seconds. Erik Jones was quick in the practice and he proved it in qualifying by being 0.120 seconds slower than the provisional polesitter. Bubba Wallace had an impressive lap, but it was still not enough to catch the Team Penske driver.
The COTA race winner Chase Elliott took the provisional pole from Keselowski. The no.2 car driver was also beaten by Ross Chastain and Alex Bowman. The quickest driver in the practice Austin Dillon was just 0.060 seconds slower than Elliott.
William Byron was as close as possible to beat his teammate – 0.001 seconds shy. However, it was another Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson that had set the quickest lap time. In fact, the no.5 car driver took the pole position for the Coca-Cola 600. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second, while Elliott completed the top 3.
The top 10 of the Coca-Cola 600 qualifying:
|1||#5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||#47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|3||#9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||#24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||#4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||#3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|7||#48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8||#19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9||#99||Daniel Suarez||Trackhouse Racing|
|10||#42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing|