Byron youngest to capture Coca-Cola pole

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) The hometown kid is starting out front in NASCAR's longest race.

Charlotte native William Byron became the youngest driver ever to capture the pole for the Coca-Cola 600. The 21-year-old Byron, who grew up a short drive from Charlotte Motor Speedway, turned a lap of 183.424 mph in his No. 24 Chevrolet on Thursday night.

Aric Almirola will start alongside Byron on the front row in his No. 10 Ford. It is one of six Fords starting in the top 10.

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