New Hampshire weekend preview: Busch eyes first 2017 win

Martin Truex Jr. takes NASCAR Cup Series lead after Kyle Larson's failed inspection

Despite earning the pole position, Kyle Larson will start from the rear of the field in the Overton's 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kyle Larson landed the fourth-fastest spot in final practice at 130.514 miles per hour in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. NASCAR ruled that the No. 42 Chevrolet was fitted with an illegal rear deck fin lid.

Martin Truex Jr.'s recent surge to the front of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup standings is the continuation of a long-range strategy.

Truex, crew chief Cole Pearn and his Furniture Row team have transformed the No. 78 Toyota into the auto everybody in the elite field is chasing.

Larson's team was penalized 35 points this week by NASCAR, erasing what had been a one-point advantage over Truex in the standings.

Earlier this week, Larson was penalized 35 points and crew chief Chad Johnston was suspended three races after the auto failed post-race inspection at Kentucky. Tony Lunders is serving as interim crew chief.

"We've been working on it for a couple of years really", Truex before pole qualifying runs last night. "Yeah, a big penalty so it must have been something important in their eyes". Busch's fastest lap of 29.086 seconds, with a speed of 130.950 miles per hour, was enough to best Martin Truex Jr. by.085 seconds. The No. 42 sat on pit road when the session went green because the auto failed pre-race inspection last week at Kentucky Speedway. "Well damn, we're starting second now". Truex was awarded the Coors Light pole, his first of the season. Joe Gibbs Racing tries to grab its first win of the season.

"I know his plans originally were not for this team to be a one-year deal", Truex said.

Kyle Busch retained the top speed after 15 minutes, Truex, Hamlin, Johnson, Suarez, Blaney, Kenseth, Elliott, Kurt Busch and Keselowski rounded out the top 10.

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