LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kyle Larson turned a lap of 133.324 mph and won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Larson won his fourth pole of the season in the No. 42 Chevrolet for team owner Chip Ganassi. He raced to the top of the field without his suspended crew chief. Larson's team was penalized 35 points this week by NASCAR, erasing what had been a one-point advantage over Martin Truex Jr. in the driver standings. Chad Johnston was suspended for three races because of a rear brake cooling assembly that did not meet standards.
Ganassi did not appeal the penalty. Tony Lunders served as the interim crew chief.
Truex was second in Friday's qualifying session. Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray completed the top five.
Kenseth had a solid round just days after it was announced he would be out at Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the season.