It's hot in Northern California - especially for Kyle Larson

Pick to Win

For Sunday's NASCAR race, the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, Jamie McMurray will carry with him more than a desire to win his first race since 2013.

"He messed up Turn 11 but he had enough of a cushion to overcome it", McMurray said of Larson's run.

"It feels good", Larson said of his final qualifying lap, which secured his third pole of the season, his first at Sonoma and the fourth of his premier-series career.

Jamie McMurray, Larson's Ganassi teammate, will share the front row on the starting grid after notching the second-fastest lap at 95.204 miles per hour in the No. 1 Chevrolet. "I just didn't get it all the first time - tried to save a little bit of tire".

"We've had times at Sonoma where we've been up front and haven't been able to hold onto it, and other times when we had the right strategy, and we were in the right place at the right time", Busch said. And while he's completed every possible lap in his three-career starts, his best finish to date is 12th, Larson's finish from 2016.

"This is cool to get a pole on a road course at my home state".

Several NASCAR teams, usually well out of contention for a title already, will use substitute drivers this weekend, hoping that a road-racing ringer will give them a shot in the arm.

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Taking a break from a customary oval track, NASCAR drivers on Sunday will navigate the 12-turn road course at Sonoma Raceway. "Circumstances and track position and issues, you don't have to have the best auto to win here". Elliott showed no problems adapting to his backup auto, controlling the pace early in qualifying and setting himself up for a big weekend in the process.

Championship points leader Todd Gilliland, Blaine Perkins, Todd Souza, Sheldon Creed, Chris Eggleston and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver Daniel Suarez rounded out the top 10.

For Patrick.it was her best qualifying effort since Charlotte in 2014 when she started fourth. I think I ran out of gas in my first or second year on the last lap. Chase Elliot qualified for the final group of 12 in a backup auto.

Elliott was unable to keep up the pace, though he will still be starting eighth and within shouting distance of Larson and McMurray in the front row. He qualified 32nd on Saturday, second-best among the ringers (Johnson will start 26th).

With the retirement of several popular drivers in the last few years - Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and, soon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. - the sport may have found its future in Larson, who is just 24.

Last year's runner-up Denny Hamlin qualified in the 14th position. Kevin Harvick starts 12th.

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