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Kenseth Get First Pole of ’17

| , RacinToday.com Friday, April 28 2017

Matt Kenseth will start Sunday’s Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway from the pole position.

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Matt Kenseth claimed his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole of the season on Friday when he laid down the fastest qualifying lap at Richmond International Raceway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver had a fast lap at 121.076 mph.

The pole is Kenseth’s second at Richmond.

He has has won twice at Richmond; in 2002 and 2015. He could use a victory this year big time.

“You know this year has not been a good year for us obviously so far,” Kenseth said. “We finished strong at Bristol but we didn’t get to qualify because of the rain and that put us in the middle of the pack – there and Martinsville. We haven’t been getting any stage points. We’re buried in the points back there and we finally got a decent finish last week, so hopefully this week we can start up front, stay up front and hopefully collect some of the stage points. But most importantly we’re in the mix for a win at the end of the day.”

Ryan Blaney was second fastest with a lap at 120.854 mph in his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford. He was sorta, kinda happy with the effort.

“It was a solid effort though,” Blaney said. “We weren’t great the first round but kept getting steps better each round which we have done a really good job of this year. I thought that is where we struggled a lot last year. We didn’t improve last year, we would go backwards. This year we are improving round to round. It is just communication and knowing what we need to change in our car. That is something to be proud of. that is a lot of second starts now. I really want to race the Clash at Daytona. That is my biggest thing right now. it is upsetting me that we can’t get a pole.”

Rounding out the top-five fastest cars were Martin Truex Jr. at 120.681 mph in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at 120.471 mph in the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford and Joey Logano at 120.380 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford.

Series points leader Kyle Larson will start 18th after failing to advance to the third and final round of the session.

The Toyota Owners 400 will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. ET (FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Toyota Owners 400

Richmond International Raceway

Richmond, Virginia

Friday, April 28, 2017

  1. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 121.076 mph.
  2. (21)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 120.854 mph.
  3. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 120.681 mph.
  4. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 120.471 mph.
  5. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 120.380 mph.
  6. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 120.326 mph.
  7. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 120.171 mph.
  8. (14)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 120.144 mph.
  9. (41)  Kurt Busch, Ford, 120.027 mph.
  10. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 119.691 mph.
  11. (19)  Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 119.090 mph.
  12. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 119.000 mph.
  13. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 119.697 mph.
  14. (24)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 119.670 mph.
  15. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 119.670 mph.
  16. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 119.665 mph.
  17. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 119.638 mph.
  18. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 119.379 mph.
  19. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 119.226 mph.
  20. (77)  Erik Jones #, Toyota, 118.948 mph.
  21. (10)  Danica Patrick, Ford, 118.896 mph.
  22. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 118.640 mph.
  23. (37)  Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 118.437 mph.
  24. (13)  Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 117.025 mph.
  25. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 119.079 mph.
  26. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 119.011 mph.
  27. (95)  Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 118.917 mph.
  28. (34)  Landon Cassill, Ford, 118.864 mph.
  29. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 118.796 mph.
  30. (38)  David Ragan, Ford, 118.369 mph.
  31. (23)  Gray Gaulding #, Toyota, 118.131 mph.
  32. (32)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 117.940 mph.
  33. (15)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 117.386 mph.
  34. (83)  Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 117.096 mph.
  35. (33)  Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 116.995 mph.
  36. (72)  Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 116.939 mph.
  37. (51)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 116.189 mph.
  38. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 82.792 mph.

| , RacinToday.com Friday, April 28 2017
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