After leading the NASCAR Monster Energy standings for much of the year, Kyle Larson fell Friday to No. 2 - and not on a race day. Surprisingly absent from the group is 2015 champion Kyle Busch, who has won nine races the last two seasons.
Driver Kyle Larson climbs out of his No. 42 vehicle on Friday after qualifying on the pole for Sunday s Overton 301 auto race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N. H. Larson s vehicle was subsequently penaized for an infraction and instead of starting in front Larson will see Sunday s green flag from the back of the field.
Denny Hamlin ranked third in his backup vehicle (29.171 seconds), and Chase Elliott (29.192 seconds) rounded out the top five. "It's a little more spread out, but there's some rooting and gouging going on because it's a one-lane track and everybody fights for that particular groove".
Busch is a five-time victor of this race and the defending champion. He has seven top-10 finishes, including five top-five showings in his last nine starts.
Martin Truex Jr. will lead the field to green for the first time this season. The Overton's 200 takes place Saturday at 4PM ET from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. "Our confidence is high and just using that to our advantage right now".
Byron has been the highest-finishing Xfinity regular in the last four races, sandwiching wins at Iowa and Daytona between a runner-up showing at MI and a seventh-place finish at Kentucky last week.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is back in action this weekend with the running of the Overton's 200 on Saturday. "I don't know. We'll work on it and get it better".
"We've got great race cars, we've got a great team and everything is clicking", said Truex.
"This week we were within one point until Wednesday and then we have the lead and we just want to hold it", Truex said. Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne completed the top five. Kenseth had a strong run just days after Joe Gibbs Racing announced he wouldn't be driving for the team next year. Chase Elliott eyes his first career win following a third-place finish at Kentucky. He has finished in the top-5 in four of them. There have been three first-time winners. Almirola has been sidelined since suffering a broken back in a May 13 crash at Kansas Speedway. He fell to second, trailing Truex by 34 points with eight regular season races remaining. He sits 22 points below Blake Koch on the cutoff line.
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