Kyle Larson loses Cup series lead after failed inspection

MARTINSVILLE VA- APRIL 01 Martin Truex Jr. driver of the #78 Furniture Row  Denver Mattress Toyota stands in the garage with his crew chief Cole Pearn during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 1

MARTINSVILLE VA- APRIL 01 Martin Truex Jr. driver of the #78 Furniture Row Denver Mattress Toyota stands in the garage with his crew chief Cole Pearn during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 1

Interestingly, half of the drivers in the top 10 standings have yet to win a race this season. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader laid down a lap of 133.077 miles per hour.

"In 2015, we kind of started to figure things out as a group and we just continued to keep building on that success and the momentum", Truex said on Friday. "We've got great race cars, we've got a great team, just everything is clicking".

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Bobby Therrien finished in second while Marcel Gravel took third place.

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Truex has always enjoyed the northern hospitalities of NHMS. "He's been a good teammate. Love talking to him and hearing his point of view and things, so it would have been nice to have him for a couple of years". He was originally awarded the pole, but post-qualifying inspection uncovered an unapprovoed rear deck fin, so his time was disallowed.

It will be Truex's first time this season leading from the pole, where he could get nice boost early through Turn 1 at the green flag Sunday. Now, Burton leads the K&N East series in points with 347, which is 22 more than second-place driver and last year's champion, Todd Gilliland. A coat of traction compound was added to the high and low lines in the corners at NHMS. However, he still owns a series-best average finishing position and a series-best driver rating in his last five races at this track.

But what has eluded Truex Jr.is a Cup victory at the adopted Truex family home track.

"Our Target Chevy has been really fast all day, has a lot of speed, like I don't have to drive really hard because it makes a lot of speed", Larson said prior to qualifying. While he won't finish in the top-10 this week, a top-25 finish would be more than good enough considering his price tag and the fact that we have so much talent at the top of our lineup.

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