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Kenseth Wins Pole In Kansas

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 14 2016
Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth won the pole in Kansas on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth won the pole in Kansas on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Chase driver Matt Kenseth on Friday won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.

Kenseth edged Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in Friday’s s knockout qualifying session at the 1.5-mile track. with a lap at 28.112 seconds (192.089 mph) to Busch’s 28.113 seconds (192.082 mph).

Kenseth earned the top starting spot for Sunday’s race (2:15 p.m. ET on NBC), the fifth race in the Chase playoffs and the second race in the Chase’s Round of 12.

The pole was was Kenseth’s first of the season, his third at Kansas and the 18th of his career. With Busch claiming the second spot on the grid and teammate Carl Edwards (191.015 mph) qualifying third, JGR cars will start 1-2-3 for the first time since August at Bristol.

“It’s nice to get a pole,” Kenseth said. “I feel like our qualifying hasn’t been nearly as good this year as it has been in the rest of the years I’ve been at JGR. We barely got it – it was by a thousandth, or something like that.

“Obviously, our Camrys have been fast… Round one we were pretty decent—it was off a little bit—and then round three it was just right. We almost got beat, but it was as good of a lap as we were going to run. They did a good job today.”

Busch’s second-place qualifying run was his  far at the 1.5-mile track – a track which he once called the worst in NASCAR.

Chase driver Martin Truex Jr. made it a quartet of Toyotas on the front two rows with a fourth-place qualifying effort at 190.786 mph. Alex Bowman was the only non-Chase driver to crack the top five, turning in a lap at 190.315 mph.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Hollywood Casino 400

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kansas

Friday, October 14, 2016

  1. (20)  Matt Kenseth (C), Toyota, 192.089 mph.
  2. (18)  Kyle Busch (C), Toyota, 192.082 mph.
  3. (19)  Carl Edwards (C), Toyota, 191.015 mph.
  4. (78)  Martin Truex Jr. (C), Toyota, 190.786 mph.
  5. (88)  Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 190.315 mph.
  6. (22)  Joey Logano (C), Ford, 190.221 mph.
  7. (11)  Denny Hamlin (C), Toyota, 190.188 mph.
  8. (2)  Brad Keselowski (C), Ford, 190.087 mph.
  9. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 189.927 mph.
  10. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 189.840 mph.
  11. (4)  Kevin Harvick (C), Chevrolet, 189.580 mph.
  12. (3)  Austin Dillon (C), Chevrolet, 189.567 mph.
  13. (24)  Chase Elliott # (C), Chevrolet, 189.954 mph.
  14. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 189.940 mph.
  15. (41)  Kurt Busch (C), Chevrolet, 189.773 mph.
  16. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 189.760 mph.
  17. (21)  Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 189.540 mph.
  18. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 189.387 mph.
  19. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 189.241 mph.
  20. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 189.201 mph.
  21. (48)  Jimmie Johnson (C), Chevrolet, 188.976 mph.
  22. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 188.930 mph.
  23. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 188.094 mph.
  24. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 186.034 mph.
  25. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 188.376 mph.
  26. (7)  Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 187.669 mph.
  27. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 187.578 mph.
  28. (23)  David Ragan, Toyota, 187.513 mph.
  29. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 187.441 mph.
  30. (34)  Chris Buescher #, Ford, 187.331 mph.
  31. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 187.246 mph.
  32. (44)  Brian Scott #, Ford, 186.819 mph.
  33. (95)  Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 186.419 mph.
  34. (38)  Landon Cassill, Ford, 185.052 mph.
  35. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 184.824 mph.
  36. (55)  Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 183.163 mph.
  37. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 181.898 mph.
  38. (32)  Joey Gase(i), Ford, 180.560 mph.
  39. (98)  Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 180.403 mph.
  40. (30)  Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 179.850 mph.

 

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