Kenseth on pole for first Chase race

Matt Kenseth and his Crown Royal Ford

Matt Kenseth and his Crown Royal Ford

Roush Ford driver Matt Kenseth has kicked off his Chase for the Sprint Cup campaign by scoring pole position at Chicagoland.

The 2003 Sprint Cup champion lapped the 1.5 mile venue in 29.47s to edge out Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard (RCR Chevrolet) by 0.02s.

Kurt Busch (Penske Dodge), Ryan Newman (Stewart-Haas Chevrolet) and Carl Edwards (Roush Ford) round out the top five, while Australian Marcos Ambrose will line-up 17th.

“We had a great (turn) one and two…  I just got tight off of four and started to shake the tires,” said Ambrose of his lap.

“I don’t know, we were close. I think with another quarter pound of tire pressure we might have had something.”

See below for the full qualifying result

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

TIME

BEHIND

1 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 29.469 Leader
2 Paul Menard Chevrolet Zecol / Menards 29.488 -0.019
3 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 29.503 -0.034
4 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army Medicine 29.507 -0.038
5 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 29.522 -0.053
6 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 29.531 -0.062
7 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 29.565 -0.096
8 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 29.575 -0.106
9 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley’s Doublemint 29.615 -0.146
10 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 29.620 -0.151
11 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kleenex Cool Touch / Clorox 29.634 -0.165
12 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 29.667 -0.198
13 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 29.690 -0.221
14 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 29.696 -0.227
15 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 29.729 -0.260
16 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 29.752 -0.283
17 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 29.752 -0.283
18 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 29.767 -0.298
19 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 29.784 -0.315
20 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 29.787 -0.318
21 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 29.790 -0.321
22 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 29.790 -0.321
23 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 29.807 -0.338
24 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 29.812 -0.343
25 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 29.822 -0.353
26 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 29.828 -0.359
27 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 29.879 -0.410
28 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft 29.894 -0.425
29 David Reutimann Toyota Tums 29.900 -0.431
30 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 29.913 -0.444
31 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today 29.973 -0.504
32 J.J. Yeley Ford Long John Silver’s 29.980 -0.511
33 Michael McDowell Toyota James Fund 29.990 -0.521
34 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 29.991 -0.522
35 Scott Speed Ford Red Line Oil / International Trucks 30.000 -0.531
36 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 30.016 -0.547
37 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy / Mapei 30.039 -0.570
38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 30.196 -0.727
39 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Big Red 30.228 -0.759
40 Andy Lally+* Ford Interstate Moving Services 30.238 -0.769
41 Casey Mears+ Toyota GEICO 30.262 -0.793
42 Mike Bliss+ Ford Street King 30.313 -0.844
43 Josh Wise Ford Bradley University 30.136 -0.667
44 Travis Kvapil Ford Front Row Motorsports 30.140 -0.671
45 David Starr Ford AdvoCare 30.214 -0.745
46 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Luke & Associates 30.310 -0.841
47 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Big Red 30.592 -1.123

 

 

 

 

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