Kyle Larson Goes Five for Five in Sonoma Cup Qualifying

(SONOMA, CA – JUNE 11, 2022 – RIS) Stretching out a string back to 2017, Kyle Larson out-qualified the field for the fifth race in a row at Sonoma’s road course. In his eight NASCAR Cup Series starts on the California wine country road course, he has never started outside the top five and has one win. Kyle Larson’s pole is his 12th-career pole in his NASCAR Cup Series career.

Chevrolet drivers took five of the top-10 spots in qualifying, including a sweep of the front row: Chase Elliott (2nd), Tyler Reddick (5th), Ross Chastain (7th) and Daniel Suarez (8th).  

“It was a good lap,” Larson reported. “I was a bit surprised that I ran that lap because I feel like I gave up a lot of time in turns four and seven. If I had those two corners back, I feel like I could have gone quite a bit faster.

“For Chase (Elliott) to lap down the lap that he did, I feel like that shows how strong he is because he was really good in race trim, too. I have to figure some things out on my end. I think my car is capable of racing good, I just have to get a little bit better on the long runs. Hopefully we’ll have a good shot at the win.”

Final Practice: 33rd Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 - Sonoma Raceway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next, 
1) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 79.227, 90.424, 2, 7, ---.---, ---.---, 
2) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 79.428, 90.195, 3, 12, -0.201, -0.201, 
3) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 79.490, 90.125, 4, 11, -0.263, -0.062, 
4) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota, 79.519, 90.092, 2, 10, -0.292, -0.029, 
5) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Onx Homes/Renu Chevrolet, 79.600, 90.000, 3, 12, -0.373, -0.081, 
6) Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 79.675, 89.915, 3, 14, -0.448, -0.075, 
7) AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 Goldfish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 79.690, 89.898, 3, 8, -0.463, -0.015, 
8) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Knauf Ford, 79.772, 89.806, 5, 14, -0.545, -0.082, 
9) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Power Reserve Ford, 79.775, 89.803, 6, 14, -0.548, -0.003, 
10) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford, 79.854, 89.714, 5, 12, -0.627, -0.079, 
11) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford, 79.879, 89.686, 4, 12, -0.652, -0.025, 
12) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 79.886, 89.678, 2, 8, -0.659, -0.007, 
13) William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 79.984, 89.568, 3, 9, -0.757, -0.098, 
14) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota, 80.013, 89.536, 5, 10, -0.786, -0.029, 
15) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford, 80.041, 89.504, 2, 9, -0.814, -0.028, 
16) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 80.045, 89.500, 5, 11, -0.818, -0.004, 
17) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Lenovo Chevrolet, 80.075, 89.466, 2, 13, -0.848, -0.030, 
18) Joey Logano, No. 22 Autotrader Ford, 80.078, 89.463, 3, 10, -0.851, -0.003, 
19) Joey Hand, No. 15 Built Ford Proud Ford, 80.094, 89.445, 4, 10, -0.867, -0.016, 
20) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 80.127, 89.408, 4, 14, -0.900, -0.033, 
21) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford, 80.187, 89.341, 6, 9, -0.960, -0.060, 
22) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 80.188, 89.340, 4, 12, -0.961, -0.001, 
23) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally/Better Together Chevrolet, 80.221, 89.303, 3, 10, -0.994, -0.033, 
24) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 America's Tire Ford, 80.314, 89.200, 2, 7, -1.087, -0.093, 
25) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 80.370, 89.138, 3, 13, -1.143, -0.056, 
26) Austin Dillon, No. 3 True Velocity Chevrolet, 80.370, 89.138, 3, 10, -1.143, -0.000, 
27) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 80.436, 89.065, 4, 9, -1.209, -0.066, 
28) Christopher Bell, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota, 80.458, 89.040, 2, 8, -1.231, -0.022, 
29) Cole Custer, No. 41 Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford, 80.485, 89.010, 2, 12, -1.258, -0.027, 
30) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Cottonelle Chevrolet, 80.646, 88.833, 3, 9, -1.419, -0.161, 
31) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Farmer John/FoodMaxx Ford, 80.679, 88.796, 5, 11, -1.452, -0.033, 
32) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Pacific Coast Termite Chevrolet, 80.851, 88.607, 7, 10, -1.624, -0.172, 
33) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky Chevrolet, 80.952, 88.497, 3, 11, -1.725, -0.101, 
34) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet, 81.542, 87.857, 6, 10, -2.315, -0.590, 
35) Scott Heckert, No. 78 Pala Casino Ford, 82.216, 87.136, 4, 5, -2.989, -0.674,

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos, Driver, Car, From Lap, To Lap, Avg Speed
1) 1, Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota, 1, 10, 89.199
2) 2, Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 1, 10, 88.949
3) 3, Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Power Reserve Ford, 1, 10, 88.897
4) 4, Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Knauf Ford, 3, 12, 88.858
5) 5, Harrison Burton #, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 2, 11, 88.605
6) 6, Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 1, 10, 88.269
7) 7, Austin Dillon, No. 3 True Velocity Chevrolet, 1, 10, 88.121
8) 8, Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Lenovo Chevrolet, 2, 11, 88.094
9) 9, Joey Hand, No. 15 Built Ford Proud Ford, 1, 10, 87.998

Time Trial Results: 33rd Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 - Sonoma Raceway
Round 1A
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 78.355, 91.430, 0, 4, 0.000, 0.000
2) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Lenovo Chevrolet, 78.413, 91.362, 0, 2, 0.058, 0.058
3) Joey Logano, No. 22 Autotrader Ford, 78.426, 91.347, 0, 3, 0.071, 0.013
4) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 78.460, 91.308, 0, 1, 0.105, 0.034
5) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford, 78.555, 91.197, 0, 1, 0.200, 0.095
6) AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 Goldfish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 78.572, 91.178, 0, 3, 0.217, 0.017
7) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally/Better Together Chevrolet, 78.664, 91.071, 0, 3, 0.309, 0.092
8) William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 78.691, 91.040, 0, 3, 0.336, 0.027
9) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Farmer John/FoodMaxx Ford, 78.706, 91.022, 0, 3, 0.351, 0.015
10) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford, 78.857, 90.848, 0, 3, 0.502, 0.151
11) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 America's Tire Ford, 79.300, 90.340, 0, 3, 0.945, 0.443
12) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota, 79.337, 90.298, 0, 3, 0.982, 0.037
13) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 79.356, 90.277, 0, 3, 1.001, 0.019
14) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Pacific Coast Termite Chevrolet, 79.493, 90.121, 0, 3, 1.138, 0.137
15) Christopher Bell, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota, 79.553, 90.053, 0, 1, 1.198, 0.060
16) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet, 80.037, 89.509, 0, 3, 1.682, 0.484
17) Scott Heckert, No. 78 Pala Casino Ford, 81.171, 88.258, 0, 3, 2.816, 1.134
18) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 0.000, 0.000, 0, 0, -----, -----

Round 1B
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 78.013, 91.831, 0, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 78.084, 91.747, 0, 3, 0.071, 0.071
3) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 78.093, 91.737, 0, 3, 0.080, 0.009
4) Cole Custer, No. 41 Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford, 78.152, 91.668, 0, 3, 0.139, 0.059
5) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Onx Homes/Renu Chevrolet, 78.215, 91.594, 0, 1, 0.202, 0.063
6) Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 78.244, 91.560, 0, 2, 0.231, 0.029
7) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota, 78.275, 91.523, 0, 3, 0.262, 0.031
8) Austin Dillon, No. 3 True Velocity Chevrolet, 78.319, 91.472, 0, 3, 0.306, 0.044
9) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Knauf Ford, 78.472, 91.294, 0, 3, 0.459, 0.153
10) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford, 78.507, 91.253, 0, 4, 0.494, 0.035
11) Joey Hand, No. 15 Built Ford Proud Ford, 78.578, 91.171, 0, 3, 0.565, 0.071
12) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 78.603, 91.142, 0, 3, 0.590, 0.025
13) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Power Reserve Ford, 78.829, 90.880, 0, 3, 0.816, 0.226
14) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford, 79.065, 90.609, 0, 3, 1.052, 0.236
15) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 79.315, 90.323, 0, 5, 1.302, 0.250
16) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky Chevrolet, 79.544, 90.063, 0, 4, 1.531, 0.229
17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Cottonelle Chevrolet, 79.617, 89.981, 0, 3, 1.604, 0.073
18) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 79.711, 89.875, 0, 3, 1.698, 0.094

Round 2
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 77.776, 92.111, 1, 3, 0.000, 0.000
2) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 77.799, 92.083, 1, 1, 0.023, 0.023
3) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford, 77.938, 91.919, 3, 3, 0.162, 0.139
4) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 77.941, 91.916, 1, 3, 0.165, 0.003
5) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Lenovo Chevrolet, 78.021, 91.821, 3, 3, 0.245, 0.080
6) Cole Custer, No. 41 Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford, 78.070, 91.764, 1, 1, 0.294, 0.049
7) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 78.137, 91.685, 1, 1, 0.361, 0.067
8) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Onx Homes/Renu Chevrolet, 78.148, 91.672, 3, 3, 0.372, 0.011
9) Joey Logano, No. 22 Autotrader Ford, 78.276, 91.522, 1, 3, 0.500, 0.128
10) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 78.515, 91.244, 1, 1, 0.739, 0.239

Starting Line Up: 33rd Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 - Sonoma Raceway
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 77.776, 92.111
2) Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 77.799, 92.083
3) Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford, 77.938, 91.919
4) Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 77.941, 91.916
5) Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Lenovo Chevrolet, 78.021, 91.821
6) Cole Custer, No. 41 Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford, 78.070, 91.764
7) Ross Chastain, No. 1 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 78.137, 91.685
8) Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Onx Homes/Renu Chevrolet, 78.148, 91.672
9) Joey Logano, No. 22 Autotrader Ford, 78.276, 91.522
10) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, 78.515, 91.244
11) Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 78.244, 91.560
12) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota, 78.275, 91.523
13) Austin Dillon, No. 3 True Velocity Chevrolet, 78.319, 91.472
14) Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Knauf Ford, 78.472, 91.294
15) Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford, 78.507, 91.253
16) AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 Goldfish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 78.572, 91.178
17) Joey Hand, No. 15 Built Ford Proud Ford, 78.578, 91.171
18) Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 78.603, 91.142
19) Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally/Better Together Chevrolet, 78.664, 91.071
20) William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 78.691, 91.040
21) Aric Almirola, No. 10 Farmer John/FoodMaxx Ford, 78.706, 91.022
22) Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Power Reserve Ford, 78.829, 90.880
23) Kevin Harvick, No. 4 GEARWRENCH Ford, 78.857, 90.848
24) Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford, 79.065, 90.609
25) Austin Cindric #, No. 2 America's Tire Ford, 79.300, 90.340
26) Harrison Burton #, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford, 79.315, 90.323
27) Bubba Wallace, No. 23 DoorDash Toyota, 79.337, 90.298
28) Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, 79.356, 90.277
29) Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Pacific Coast Termite Chevrolet, 79.493, 90.121
30) Corey LaJoie, No. 7 GNARLY Premium Cut Jerky Chevrolet, 79.544, 90.063
31) Christopher Bell, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota, 79.553, 90.053
32) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Kroger/Cottonelle Chevrolet, 79.617, 89.981
33) Erik Jones, No. 43 FOCUSfactor Chevrolet, 79.711, 89.875
34) Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet, 80.037, 89.509
35) Scott Heckert, No. 78 Pala Casino Ford, 81.171, 88.258
36) Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Ford, 0.000, 0.000
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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