Larson loses pole to Truex after inspection

Posted July 16, 2017

What To Watch For: The last five NASCAR Xfinity Series races at New Hampshire have been won from the Coors Light Pole - a series record for any track.

Kyle Larson landed the fourth-fastest spot in final practice at 130.514 miles per hour in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet.

Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire. He'll be a top contender to win the Overton's 301. He will start at the rear of the field in Sunday's Overton's 301 race. Hamlin's speed came in a back-up vehicle, unloaded after his primary auto was damaged in a crash in opening practice. Larson's time was disallowed.

There will be another new element in Sunday's race, which will be the first one at NHMS which will be run under NASCAR's new staging rules, which award drivers points for their standings in early parts of the race. Almirola has been sidelined since suffering a broken back in a May 13 crash at Kansas Speedway. Jones and Earnhardt served double 15-minute holds for failing pre-qualifying at Kentucky and pre-race inspection at New Hampshire.

Truex also posted the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average of 130.094mph followed Ryan Blaney's 129.855mph. Larson will start in 39th and final position on Sunday.

Credit AP      The NASCAR Overtons 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon 7/16/17
Credit AP The NASCAR Overtons 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon 7/16/17

Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet was penalized for a rear brake cooling assembly that did not meet standards. His vehicle failed to clear pre-qualifying inspection last week at Kentucky. Denny Hamlin was third fastest also with a lap of 130.568 miles per hour.

Daniel Suarez was third quick with a speed of 130.663mph just before the 10-minute mark but was bumped by Martin Truex Jr.

Denny Hamlin ranked third in his backup vehicle (29.171 seconds), and Chase Elliott (29.192 seconds) rounded out the top five.

Teams experimented with different racing grooves after track workers re-applied the PJ1 traction agent in the turns.