Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Larson's qualifying time disallowed; Truex new pole victor at NHMS

Larson's qualifying time disallowed; Truex new pole victor at NHMS

Qualifying is today at 4:45 p.m., also on NBCSN. Here is a look at the odds to win this race.

Truex has won three races and has 13 stage wins to runner-up Larson's three. Outside the top 10, Ricky Stenhouse has won twice, but only sits 16th. Aric Almirola will start 22nd in his first race back from a back injury. He fell to second, trailing Truex by 34 points with eight regular season races remaining.

"You don't (want to make a mistake at New Hampshire) because you're always on edge there", Busch said.

Truex said at a Friday morning presss conference that he had received a map of where PJI will be applied on the track and that he will test those areas out with his Toyota in the ealy running of Sunday's race. At NHMS's 1.058-mile oval, the stages are marked at laps 75 and 150. Race distance: 318.46 miles, 301 laps.

Wins Overton's 301
Larson's qualifying time disallowed; Truex new pole victor at NHMS

After leading the NASCAR Monster Energy standings for much of the year, Kyle Larson fell Friday to No. 2 - and not on a race day. Larson is still 66 points ahead of third-place Kyle Busch. The team announced Tuesday that the 45-year-old Kenseth will be replaced by 21-year-old Erik Jones.

Larson's team was penalized 35 points Wednesday, erasing what had been a one-point advantage over Martin Truex Jr.in the driver standings. That will elevate Truex to the pole for the Overton's 301 at New Hamsphire International Raceway. It's expected to be ready for the playoffs next fall - and it'll be known simply as Richmond Raceway moving forward.

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. Last year: Kyle Busch took his second consecutive series event.

Busch will be rivaled by Vermont Governor Phil Scott, who won for the first time as an elected Governor last week. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader laid down a lap of 133.077 miles per hour. Next race: Lilly Diabetes 250, July 22, Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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