Dover – Kyle Larson had the dominant car during last year’s spring race at the Dover International Speedway. Only an overtime restart prevented Larson from winning his first Cup race at the Monster Mile. Jimmie Johnson was the eventual race winner in 2017.
On Friday, Larson had the dominant car in qualifying, turning a lap of 158.103 mph to take the pole at DIS. In winning his fifth career pole, he gave Chevrolet a needed boost and its first pole since Alex Bowman took the top spot at the Daytona 500 back in February.
“Our team hasn’t once been stressed out about the new Camaro,” Larson said. “I don’t know what other people and teams are battling. I think balance-wise I feel exactly the same as what I did last year. It hasn’t been an issue to us. I feel like speed-wise, we are close to where we were.”
Larson will try Sunday to win his first race of the season and the Chip Ganassi Racing driver should be considered a favorite. Larson was runner-up in each of the last two spring races at Dover and has a 7.9 average finish in eight career races on the mile-long track.
Kevin Harvick in his Ford will be beside Larson on the front row as the Stewart-Haas Racing star goes for his fourth win of the season. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed the top five in Friday’s qualifying.
(the Associated Press contributed to this post)