Daytona 400 pole goes to Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth has taken pole for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.

Kenseth, who recently announced that he will leave Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the 2012 season, set the pace in his Zest-backed Ford, lapping the famous super speedway at a speed of 192.386s, marginally ahead of Chevrolete rivals Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne.

Kenseth said that all credit for the pole goes to his crew.

“Our lap was obviously a good one.  It was faster than the rest,” he said.

“I had very little to do with it, so qualifying at the speedway races is all about the car and the engine and those guys did a spectacular job at Roush all year long really in preparing our speedway cars.

“They’ve been really fast and Doug Yates and those guys have done a super job on the engines with the new fuel injection and the plate engines have run really good and had us competitive at both speedway races so far this year.”

Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, stalwart Bill Elliott, Casey Mears, AJ Allmendinger and Kentucky winner Brad Keselowski will start fourth to ninth, with Australian Marcos Ambrose starting from 10th.

Ambrose was mystified with the pace, but was pleased with his position.

“It’s hard to know where the speed comes from,” he said.

“It gets lost around this kind of place, but we’re still proud of our effort. I’ve been a lot worse at this place and I’ve just got to thank my team and Todd Parrott and the whole Stanley crew for giving me a good car here. We’ve got a great race car and looking forward to the race.”

See below for qualifying results for the Daytona 400

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME
1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Zest 192.386 46.781
2 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Aspen Dental 192.353 -0.008
3 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 192.291 -0.023
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 192.139 -0.060
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi Max 192.061 -0.079
6 50 Bill Elliott Chevrolet Walmart 192.012 -0.091
7 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 191.934 -0.110
8 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 191.894 -0.120
9 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 191.857 -0.129
10 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 191.824 -0.137
11 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 191.799 -0.143
12 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 191.710 -0.165
13 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 191.681 -0.172
14 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 191.579 -0.197
15 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft 191.497 -0.217
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 191.477 -0.222
17 43 Aric Almirola Ford U.S. Air Force 191.270 -0.273
18 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Batteries 191.245 -0.279
19 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 191.229 -0.283
20 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 191.095 -0.316
21 98 Mike Bliss Ford Phil Parsons Racing 190.986 -0.343
22 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 190.945 -0.353
23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 190.921 -0.359
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard ‘An American Salute’ 190.848 -0.377
25 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 190.718 -0.409
26 30 David Stremme Toyota Stock Car Steel and Aluminum 190.666 -0.422
27 34 David Ragan Ford MHP / 8 Hour Alert 190.617 -0.434
28 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 190.597 -0.439
29 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 190.557 -0.449
30 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum 190.553 -0.450
31 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 190.174 -0.544
32 38 David Gilliland Ford Glory Foods 190.134 -0.554
33 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 190.118 -0.558
34 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy 190.046 -0.576
35 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 189.994 -0.589
36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 189.673 -0.669
37 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 188.719 -0.909
38 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 188.683 -0.918
39 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet CarportEmpire.com 188.549 -0.952
40 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 187.939 -1.107
41 47 Bobby Labonte+ Toyota Kingsford 186.505 -1.475
42 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1
43 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota Jay Robinson Inc. 187.021 -1.342
DNQ 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota North Texas Pipe 186.834 -1.390

 

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