(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kevin Harvick was all smiles at qualifying Thursday night at Charlotte, while NASCAR Cup Series points leader Kyle Larson was left bitter and frustrated heading into an important weekend of racing.
Harvick will start on the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday after turning a lap of 193.424 mph on the 1 1/2-mile oval, while Larson will begin NASCAR's longest race at the rear of the field after his No. 42 Chevy failed to get through prequalifying inspection in time for him to make a qualifying lap.
"I know all of the teams hate it," Larson said about the prequalifying system. "The teams point at NASCAR, and NASCAR points at the teams. It's all confusing to me."