Surprise, surprise, both Chip Ganassi Racing cars to go along with AJ Allmendinger dominated qualifying for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 (3 p.m. ET/FS1/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Sonoma Raceway. Kyle Larson earned his second straight pole on the 1.99-mile track and while his teammate Jamie McMurray started second last year, he will roll off one row behind in fourth this weekend.
Larson, has started in the top five in all five of his Sonoma starts. McMurray, has three front row starting spots in his last six years with a fourth place run now to go with it.
Allmendinger, will start in the top five for his fifth straight year too. But, can they buck their trend on Sunday though?
Larson’s best finish with those starting spots was 12th in 2016. He’s finished outside the top 20 twice in fact. McMurray, has just one top five finish at Sonoma since 2005. Allmendinger, has never finished in the top five at the wine country track and hasn’t finished in the top 10 since 2013. Three of his last four starts saw him finish 30th or worse in fact.
So, can this trio make up for their starting spot this weekend?
McMurray was the only one who had good practices. He was fourth in each session. Larson, was only 16th and 14th respectively while Allmendinger was ninth and 12th himself.