Larson wins pole for All-Star race at Charlotte

These were the only five drivers to transfer to the second round of the 16 already secured of a spot in the All-Star Race.

Earnhardt unveiled the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS' new theme at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, alongside an announcement of his new partnership with Maaco, according to FOX Sports.

Kurt Busch appeared to have the pole locked up after posting a faster speed than Larson during the second round. Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer and Danica Patrick highlight the group of drivers attempting to qualify for the All-Star Race in the Monster Energy Open (6 p.m. ET on FS1). His time of 112.626 was fast enough to edge Kyle Busch for the number one spot.

In the first session, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth overshot their pit stalls trying to hustle in for service, costing them precious time as their teams backed their cars into position. Johnson was penalized five seconds after overshooting his stall and backing up.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shifts to Charlotte, North Carolina and the Charlotte Motor Speedway for this year's Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.

Kyle Larson said he nearly changed out of his driver suit when he thought he no longer had a shot in qualifying on Friday. We will have to just wait and see.

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In his final all-star weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified sixth in his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Including Saturday's All-Star race, the Coca-Cola 600 on May 28th and another race in Octoberm, Junior's got plenty of chances at a checkered flag his hometown track.

Distance: 70 laps, or 105 miles, over four segments (20, 20, 20 and 10 laps).

"I thought our lap was really good", Kyle Busch said. Once they got him out and to the care center, Almirola was air-lifted to a local hospital. "I ran my first race here", he said.

"You have to run the tire at some point and in practice it did seem to have three- to four-tenths of more speed in it and I think it will be even more impactful when the sun goes down", Larson said. The current points leader would welcome the use of a soft option tire in regular points races.

He said drivers also love it because they can throw out the rulebook - not the whole thing, obviously, but it's part of what makes the race different.

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