Martin Truex, Jr.

Erik Jones wins 1st Cup pole in critical Bristol race

Erik Jones' timing was perfect for first career pole in the NASCAR Cup Series — at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he's fighting hard for a playoff position.

The rookie turned a lap at 128.082 mph around the high-banked bullring to take the top starting spot for Saturday night's race. Jones, who drives for Furniture Row Racing, bumped Kyle Larson from the pole.

Larson qualified second at 128.057 to continue his hot streak. He won Sunday at Michigan — where he beat Furniture Row teammates Jones and Martin Truex Jr. on the final restart for his third victory of the year.

Kasey Kahne qualified third and was followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott.

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