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Another Rookie On The Pole For NASCAR Race

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For the second time this year, a rookie qualified fastest for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Kyle Larson won his first career Cup pole Friday at Pocono Raceway.

Larson turned 22 on Thursday and continued the party on Friday with the fast qualifying time. He kept the party going today by winning the pole for Camping World Series Truck Series race at the track known as the “Tricky Triangle”.  Larson is using the truck race to gain additional experience at Pocono as Sunday’s race will be just his second Cup race at the Pennsylvania track. He finished 5th in his debut this past June after winning the ARCA race on Saturday of that race weekend.

Joey Logano was second fastest for the 6th time this season and will start alongside Larson on the front row. Logano’s teammate Brad Keselowski starts third. He was fastest in the final practice session and is doing double duty this weekend by also running the NASCAR Nationwide Series race tonight in Iowa. Kurt Busch who was fastest in Saturday morning’s first practice qualified 4th for Sunday’s race. Last week’s winner at the Brickyard, Jeff Gordon starts 5th. Here is the compete starting lineup.

In local racing Friday night, Brett Hearn returned to his winning ways and picked up his 7th modified feature victory of th year at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Hearn was followed by Matt Delorenzo, Marc Johnson, Keith Flach and Kenny Tremont. Joey Scarborough won the Sportsman feature and Bill Smith picked up the win in the Pro Stocks. At the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Craig Hanson captured another modified win.

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