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Auto racing notebook: Truex gets New Hampshire pole after Larson fails inspection

Auto racing notebook: Truex gets New Hampshire pole after Larson fails inspection

As such, Truex has racked up 28 playoff points, 15 more than Larson, who finished second in last week's Kentucky race and has two first place finishes.

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

Busch, a two-time New Hampshire victor, clocked a fast lap of 130.950 miles per hour around the 1.058-mile track. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth are set to start on Row 2 after finishing third and fourth in qualifying on the Magic Mile, respectively.

Larson turned a lap of 133.324 miles per hour take a pole for the fourth time this season.

Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson qualified second, followed by defending race victor Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne. Hamlin was in a backup vehicle after damaging his primary in a crash during practice earlier Friday.

"Boy, that had a lot of turn", Elliott said after completing 26 laps.

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

According to NASCAR, the rear deck fin lid passed pre-qualifying inspection, but was considered out of spec in post-race qualifying.

Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Truex posted a speed of 133.077 miles per hour. Larson will start in 39th and final position on Sunday.

Wondering how Kyle Larson's vehicle passed pre-qualifying inspection but failed post-qualifying inspection Friday at New Hampshire? Denny Hamlin was third fastest also with a lap of 130.568 miles per hour. His top speed of 131.338 was exactly 29 seconds around the track.

Larson's team was penalized 35 points Wednesday, erasing what had been a one-point advantage over Martin Truex Jr.in the driver standings. Officials added to the bottom lane and then extended the top lane with a four-foot wide strip of the traction compound before Saturday's on-track activity.


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