Kyle Larson Wins Back-to-Back Poles at Sonoma Raceway

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Larson laughed off the Twitter kerfuffle, but fellow driver Denny Hamlin used an interview at Sonoma Raceway to outline his philosophy for dealing with online negativity.

Kyle Larson proved again that he knows his way around Sonoma.

Larson made those comments Friday, a day before he earned the pole position for Sunday's race at his home track by turning a lap at 94.597 miles per hour in his Chevrolet Camaro.

Sunday's race will be the final one before the July 1 running of the Overton's 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

KYLE UP FRONT: Northern California's own Kyle Larson starts from the pole for the second consecutive year after topping qualifying.

"Turn 1 up through the hill, all the way basically through Turn 4, I'm really good", the Chip Ganassi Racing driver said Friday.

Larson edged Martin Truex Jr., who will start on the front row after turning a lap at 94.484 miles per hour. Live scoring and updates are available at NASCAR's Race Center. Jamie McMurray was fourth and last year's race victor, Kevin Harvick, completed the top-five.

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A Nigeria win will guarantee their progression, but even a draw would be enough unless Iceland beat Croatia by two clear goals . Belgium now have three yellow cards to England's two, meaning this could be a battle of discipline more than anything.

"The vehicle had really good balance in the first round, so I don't know what adjustments (the team made), if anything, but I was just able to attack the braking zones a little bit more and rush the throttle a little bit more on the exits, and it paid off". I smoke the tires off it. "Any corner where you have to slow down and speed back up, I tend to struggle at, so I've got to get better at that".

Steady Truex: The defending Cup Series champion remains dependable in qualifying.

Hendrick Motorsports, which supplies the engines for Ganassi, placed three drivers in the top eight, with Elliott, Jimmie Johnson (seventh) and Sunoco rookie William Byron (eighth) all earning spots in the first four rows. He finished in the top 10 at Sonoma for the sixth time in 13 career races. It's a place Busch has won at in the Cup series once (2011) and recorded seven top fives.

Dinger dinged: A.J. Allmendinger typically excels on road courses, and he led qualifying after the first round by turning a lap in 75.828 seconds. We picked up a lot of time from the first round into the second round. Fast facts: After just one of three off weekends all season, the Cup series returns to Sonoma for the first of two road course events. It all adds up to a good chance Sunday for exciting racing, which is what everybody needs. Fast facts: Harrison Burton, 17, won his first pole and finished third last week, also the best finish of his young career.

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"If you go and spend what would probably cost - I am not even going to put a number on it - but it would be in the millions as to what it would cost each teams to turn that program around", Harvick said. "I had no grip". I would be off the gas, turn the wheel and I would just drive straight off the track.

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