Rookie Kyle Larson continues impressive year winning NASCAR pole at Pocono

LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 01: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 01:  Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
LONG POND, PA – AUGUST 01: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Rookie Kyle Larson continued his impressive first season winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series pole at  Pocono Raceway on Friday. Larson survived the three rounds of knockout qualifying putting down a track qualifying record lap of 183.438 mph (49.063 seconds).  The record is the 15th Cup track qualifying record set thus far in 2014.

“I had some butterflies before that last round,” Larson said. “I knew we had a shot at the pole and I was nervous. I hit all three corners about as good as I could.”

Larson becomes the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative to win a pole in NASCAR’s top level.

“It’s great to get my first ‘real’ pole,” Larson said. “I got the pole at Richmond, but that was due to qualifying raining out and we were quickest in practice.  This time we got to beat the rain by a little bit and actually got to earn the pole.  It was exciting last round for us. “ MORE>>>

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