Larson takes pole for All-Star race after Busch blunder

Platinum recording artist MGK (aka Machine Gun Kelly) will perform at Charlotte Motor Speedway following the Monster Energy All-Star Race.

This year's new angle for the race, which has rivaled Hollywood actors when it comes to facelifts, will be the use of an option tire - a Goodyear radial with softer tread that will generate speeds up to a half-a-second per lap faster.

Despite cutting a tire and crashing early at Las Vegas, Harvick still leads all drivers with 379 laps led at the 1.5-mile tracks this year, and he also ranks fourth with 98 fastest laps run.

Larson's total time in the money round was 112.626 seconds (143.839 mph),.010 seconds better than that of Kyle Busch (143.826 mph), who will start beside Larson on the front row.

Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10 in single-lap speeds. The driver of the No. 77 Toyota will be participating in his first All-Star weekend, but he looks like he could be a threat to win a segment of the 50-lap Open this Saturday night.

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"It's pretty cool", Larson said. "I just hope I can go there again and be competitive".

"I think the hardcore fans like that piece of strategy", Earnhardt said. And if Harvick happens to be the victor, one lucky fan will get that much too. Logano seemed likely to bump the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leader from the fast five until he carried too much speed onto pit road, overshot his stall by more than a full pit box and had to back up for service.

Then came word of Busch's penalty - thrusting Larson back into the spotlight Friday. These were the only five drivers to transfer to the second round of the 16 already secured of a spot in the All-Star Race.

The crews for Martin Truex Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. each left one lug nut unsecured, incurring five-second penalties that kept them from advancing to the final qualifying round. Truex gave all of the credit to his team following his latest win and the reality is that they do deserve kudos for giving him a auto that really showed its superiority on the restarts. "We probably could have all done a little bit better, but all in all we didn't make any huge mistakes and that was the goal". He'll start 15th in Saturday night's invitational. The Monster Energy Open will give 4 drivers the chance to race on into the All Star Race.

Unlike traditional races, only 10 drivers will be allowed to compete in the final, 10-lap segment for the win. One more will be added as the victor of fan voting.

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