Larson, who comes from a sprint vehicle racing background and still races them in his spare time, says he has confidence when he races at road courses on the Cup circuit. Truex's total is such he's already well positioned to advance to the four-driver championship finale November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"It definitely hurt the tires to make an extra lap", Truex said. Last race: Denny Hamlin, starting fifth, posted his first win in the series in 2017 by less than a auto length. "For whatever reason, those things have kind of played into our favor, and we've been able to capitalize". "I've been frustrated all day and this just compounds that". "I missed up into (Turn) 1, into (Turn) 2 and was out a little bit too far". AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top-five with his speed of 94.821 miles per hour. "It's a good starting spot and we have a fast auto for tomorrow". In fact, Larson is on an incredible hot streak and, including his sprint vehicle races, has four wins in the past two weeks.
Patrick's sixth-place qualifying effort is her best since August 2014 when she qualified 10th at Pocono.
"The cars have really improved in the last few years on road courses from when I first came to the team", Patrick said.
Danica Patrick (94.773 mph) was sixth fastest, Ryan Blaney (94.716 mph) was seventh fastest, Chase Elliott in his backup auto (94.536 mph) was eighth fastest, Chris Buescher (94.382 mph) was ninth fastest, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. "The guys do a good job giving us something we can hit curbs with and be aggressive".
"I just got some wheel hop and then got loose and hit the fence", Jones said. I think we could have been third but I don't know if we could have been first or second.
The No. 42 auto was looking up at Elliott in the first round of qualifying.
"A lot of us young guys have been running good this year, so it's a great time to sort of step up and show the sport and the fans that we can take it over, or not necessarily take it over, but to be the next face for NASCAR", Larson said Friday.
"We knew we had a decent auto in practice and our mock runs seemed pretty good", Buescher said. "It was really my fault", Elliott said.
In what is likely his final Cup race at Sonoma, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran the third-fastest lap in Happy Hour and the fifth-fastest lap in the first practice.
Billy Johnson, who is driving the No. 43 Ford this weekend, was the top qualifier among the five drivers making their Cup debut, in 26th.
Matt Kenseth had to change engines on Friday so he will start from the rear of the field on Sunday.