Kyle Larson Wins Pole Position for Chicago Street Race

CHICAGO, IL - RIS - Kyle Larson nipped Shane van Gisbergen for the NASCAR Cup race in the Chicwgo streets on Saturday.  Larson had the top overall average lap speed at 89.549 mph while van Gisbergen was close behind at 89.434 mph. Both drivers ran in the first 20-minute session of the day. Earlier in the day, van Gisbergen edged Larson for the pole in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

Ty Gibbs ended up third fastest overall and best in the second session with an average lap speed of 89.404 mph.

Among those drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps, Alex Bowman had the top average speed (88.373 mph) followed by Bubba Wallace and Martin Truex Jr.

Gibbs – and Toyotas in general – had a clear advantage in the second 20-minute session as he led the way with an average lap at 89.404 mph.Bowman was second fastest at 88.865 mph while Toyota driver Wallace was third (88.845 mph).Toyota drivers Tyler Reddick – who tagged the tire barriers at one point – and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

Qualifying saw many spins and sccidents including former Cup Champion Brad Keselowski. The driver of the Hendrick Motorsports Cevrolet, Larson came out on top with an average lap speed of 89.549 and continued to pick up speed the more laps he ran on the coursse.

Thr race will be on Sunday.

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Volume 2024, Issue 7, Posted 3:44 PM, 07.06.2024