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Larson tops teammate Elliott for NASCAR championship pole

Chase Elliott will start second on Sunday

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Larson won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series championship race at Phoenix Raceway. 

Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet failed inspection twice but he easily recovered and went 137.877 mph Saturday at Phoenix Raceway. 

Elliott starts second in the No. 9 Chevy. 

Joe Gibbs Racing championship drivers Denny Hamlin starts sixth and Martin Truex Jr. is 12th.

The championship race is on WCNC Charlotte at 3 p.m., Sunday.