Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Kyle Larson wins first career pole at Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, Pa. — Kyle Larson had one more celebration left during his birthday week, setting a track record of 183.438 mph to win his first career Sprint Cup pole Friday afternoon at Pocono.

He broke the mark of 181.415 that Denny Hamlin set in June.

Larson, one of the top rookies in NASCAR, turned 22 on Thursday and wants to keep the party going with his first win Sunday. He could use a victory to secure a spot in the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship, though he would make the 16-car field as it stands on points. "I really think a win is coming soon, maybe before the Chase starts," he said.

Joey Logano, who joined Larson on the front row, topped the first two rounds of qualifying and held the top spot until Larson bumped him in the third. "I knew we had a shot at the pole after the second round," Larson said. "I was nervous and I hit all three corners about as good as I could, so I was really excited about that."

Brad Keselowski, who qualified third, is pulling double duty and will drive in the Nationwide race today at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Larson also has a doubleheader with a ride in today's Truck race at Pocono.

ARCA: Justin Allison raced to his first series win, holding off Will Kimmel at Pocono. The grandson of former NASCAR driver Donnie Allison and grandnephew of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison said: "It's pretty cool to win here. The Allisons have a lot of history at this track. It definitely means a lot to get this first win here." … John Wes Townley will be held out of all racing this weekend following a hard crash during qualifying.

NHRA: John Force topped Funny Car qualifying after the first two sessions in the Northwest Nationals in Kent, Wash. Force, 65, had a run of 4.085 seconds at 308.07 mph. Tony Schumacher led the Top Fuel field, and Allen Johnson topped the Pro Stock division with two more runs coming today. Schumacher had a 3.804 at 318.32, and Johnson ran a 6.535 at 211.86.

Kyle Larson wins first career pole at Pocono Raceway 08/01/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 1, 2014 11:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. For starters: Rays vs. Angels and Trout, with Odorizzi on mound


    After losing Sunday's game but winning a third straight series, the Rays open a four-game series tonight against the Angels and Mike Trout.

    RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, RHP J.C. Ramirez for the Angels.

    Evan Longoria is getting a DH day, so the Rays have rookie Daniel …

    Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays.
  2. Lightning's Swedes live their dream in Worlds


    You could see it in his face.

    Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman screamed as he hoisted the World Championship trophy Sunday afternoon in Cologne, Germany, and it looked like an exhale that was years in the making. Stralman kissed the forehead of Swedish teammate Joel Lundqvist, the joy unmistakable.

    Victor Hedman of Sweden celebrate with his teammates after scoring the opening goal in the gold-medal game against Canada.
  3. Starting at top: O.J. Howard becomes first Bucs rookie to sign


    The Bucs have begun the process of signing their rookie draft picks and they started at the top.

    Alabama tight end O.J. Howard has signed a four-year contract with a fifth-year club option with the Bucs.
  4. Hey, somebody really ought to write about this Aaron Judge guy


    He can catch, too.

    It's no tall tale.

    Aaron Judge, The Amazing Colossal Man, has come and gone, but not before he stunned the Rays with a diving, game-saving catch in the sixth inning of Yankees 3-2 win Sunday at Tropicana Field. The 6-foot-7, 282-pound Judge robbed Evan Longoria of an RBI double and helped …

    Aaron Judge stunned the Rays with a diving, game-saving catch in the sixth inning of Yankees 3-2 win Sunday at Tropicana Field.
  5. FSU, Gators, USF and Miami all in Athlon preseason top 25


    The college football preseason magazines are trickling in, as our Joey Knight wrote earlier.