Larson and McMurray make it 1-2 for Chip Ganassi at Sonoma

Larson and McMurray make it 1-2 for Chip Ganassi at Sonoma”

Earnhardt said the track isn't as fast as it was last year, but that the team was still looking through things and looks to compare notes from Saturday from last year's notes from the race, when he finished 11th despite fast speeds during practice.

SHANNON SPAKE SITS DOWN WITH TONY STEWART ON NASCAR RACEDAY & MORE - Also on Sunday's NASCAR RACEDAY (1:30 PM ET on FS1), Shannon Spake sits down with three-time champion and Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart at his home in IN; all five Ford team owners participate in a roundtable discussion with Chris Myers regarding the 2017 season; Jeff Gordon offers a road racing tutorial to Cup Series rookies; a feature on Joe Gibbs Racing's talent scouting process; and a piece featuring "Junior Nation" fans as he prepares for the final race of his career to be broadcast by FOX Sports.

This year, Elk Grove native Kyle Larson is racing in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

"I messed up into (Turn) 1 and I felt like I may have cost myself the pole", Larson said. The vehicle hit flat into the tire barrier. "I've been frustrated all day, and this just kind of compounds that".

"Just made a mistake", Elliott said. "It was really my fault", Elliott said.

"I have lots of family and friends here to celebrate with the team". It's hard to show up and get out there to do it. They sure don't deserve it.

Billy Johnson, subbing for the injured Aric Almirola in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford, was 29th-fastest on the board. Fast facts: The series returns to Iowa for the ninth season in a row.

Alon Day will become the first driver from Israel to compete in NASCAR's top Cup series this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

Former Sonoma Raceway victor Martin Truex Jr. was fastest in the first of two practice sessions Friday afternoon.

Martin Truex Jr. qualified third in a Toyota for Furniture Row Racing, and Kyle Busch was fourth in a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. This race will be the first time O'Connell has run in NASCAR outside of RWR since entering the Xfinity Series.

Denny Hamlin pushed the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota to the second-fastest lap at 94.068 miles per hour.

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.

Elliott was using a backup auto after wrecking his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in Friday's final practice session.

Five drivers are set for their Monster Energy Series debuts this weekend. Billy Johnson, making his Cup debut, spun out early in the session in the No. 43 auto, but did not hit anything and was able to finish the session in the 22nd position.

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