Martin Truex Jr. will start from the outside of the front row Sunday

Feb 14, 2018; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (78) talks to reporters during Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona 500 Club. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Truex Jr. missed the pole position at Sonoma Raceway by less than one-tenth-of-a-second and will start the No. 78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota from the outside of the front row for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Truex lapped the 11-turn, 1.99-mile road course in 75.822 seconds at 94.484 mph, 0.090-of-a-second slower than pole winner Kyle Larson’s lap of 75.732 at 94.597. Truex was second in the first round of qualifying with a lap of 76.019 at 94.240.

“I missed a little bit in turn two, I think,” said Truex. “I missed my line and bumped the corner more than I would have liked to and I was a little late getting back to the gas there. I think I lost some time exiting two. Overall it was a really good lap.

“Our 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Camry has been really fast. I feel like we have a really good race car, better than we had in qualifying. Excited to race here, I love this place and hopefully we can get it done tomorrow.”

The balance of the top-12 qualifiers were Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray, AJ Allmendinger, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano.

Sunday’s 110-lap 218.9-mile race will air live beginning at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) on FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and PRN.

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