Kyle Larson on the pole at Martinsville as Hendrick Motorsports celebrates 40th anniversary

Kyle Larson claimed the Busch Light Pole Award at Martinsville Speedway Saturday evening on a nostalgic weekend honoring Hendrick Motorsports’ 40th anniversary in NASCAR.

He drove his No. 5 HMS Chevrolet, adorned in a special paint scheme to honor the occasion, to the top of the speed charts with a 96.034 mph lap during qualifying.

Larson spoke about the importance of track position.

“Yeah, we’ve all seen passing on short tracks have been really difficult in the Next Gen cars. So, I think qualifying has been more important than it has ever been here these last few years,” he said. “So yeah, I mean getting track position on Saturday, qualifying well, usually pays dividends as long as your team can execute on Sunday. It’s great to get another pole on a short-track, back-to-back weekends. I felt like it really helped our race out last week, and as long as we execute tomorrow, it should help our race out, as well.”

It was Larson’s second consecutive pole after starting first at Richmond Raceway and his 18th Cup Series career pole.

Bubba Wallace will start beside Larson on the front row for his fifth top-10 start this year after posting a qualifying lap of 96.029 mph in the 23XI Racing No. 23 Toyota.

“Of all people, it’d be Larson by a thousandth,” Wallace joked. “Proud of our team though, so it’s good.”

Chase Elliott (95.869 mph) will start third followed by Martin Truex Jr. (95.864 mph) and Chase Briscoe (95.830 mph) to round out the top five. Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano (95.811 mph), Josh Berry (95.806 mph), Denny Hamlin (95.738 mph), Ryan Blaney (95.559 mph) and Alex Bowman (95.487 mph).

You can tune into the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out 400 on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FS1 with radio coverage provided by MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Complete Starting Lineup:

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Bubba Wallace
  3. Chase Elliott
  4. Martin Truex Jr.
  5. Chase Briscoe
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Josh Berry
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Ryan Blaney
  10. Alex Bowman
  11. Kyle Busch
  12. Ross Chastain
  13. Brad Keselowski
  14. Austin Cindric
  15. Ty Gibbs
  16. Todd Gilliland
  17. Erik Jones
  18. William Byron
  19. Tyler Reddick
  20. Christopher Bell
  21. Daniel Suarez
  22. Ryan Preece
  23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  24. Zane Smith
  25. Carson Hocevar
  26. Noah Gragson
  27. Justin Haley
  28. Austin Dillon
  29. John Hunter Nemechek
  30. Chris Buescher
  31. Kaz Grala
  32. Corey LaJoie
  33. Josh Williams
  34. Harrison Burton
  35. Michael McDowell
  36. Daniel Hemric
  37. David Starr

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Angela Campbell
Angela Campbell
A native of Charlotte, NC, Angela (Angie) was first introduced to racing by her father. An avid fan of NASCAR, she found a way to combine her love of racing with her passion for writing. Angie is also an award-winning member of the National Motorsports Press Association. Follow her on Twitter @angiecampbell_ for the latest NASCAR news and feature stories.


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