Matt Kenseth earns pole for STP 400

Matt Kenseth has scored his first pole aboard a Toyota

Matt Kenseth has scored his first pole aboard a Toyota

Matt Kenseth has lead four drivers in breaking the track qualifying record at the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.

The Toyota driver’s lap of 28.145 seconds equated to 191.864 mph (308.775km/h) to bump former Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards off the provisional pole at the 1.5-mile intermediate track.

Edwards watched in disbelief as Kenseth, the next-to-last driver to make a qualifying attempt, bettered Edwards’ time by .017 seconds to win his first Coors Light pole award in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and the ninth of his career.

Rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified third, .002 seconds off Edwards’ time. Sam Hornish Jr. will start fourth after a lap at 191.401 mph. Kyle Busch qualified fifth in a backup car after wrecking his primary Camry in practice.

“You know, I struggled through (Turns) 1 and 2 all day, and I tried something really different there in qualifying,” said Kenseth.

“I watched Ricky (Stenhouse) and a couple of other guys get through there, and I kind of changed my approach to the corner.

“I knew I got through there pretty good, but I didn’t know it was that good, but, man, I didn’t think I could do any better in three and four. It felt pretty good.”

A tough qualifying run for Jeff Gordon who crashed his Chevrolet SS on his run and failed to complete the lap. He will start at the back of the field in his spare car.

“Yep, I’m fine. Unfortunately the car is not,” said Gordon.

“It felt real good coming through three and four (on the warm-up lap). I wanted to get back to the gas early and hard down there to try to run the lap times that some of these other guys are running, but obviously it didn’t stick.”

After setting the ninth fastest time in practice Australia’s Marcos Ambrose slipped back to 15th in qualifying including a brush with the wall.

“We were great in qualifying practice and we heard everybody was really tight, so we made some adjustments before we went out and it was too free,” said Ambrose.

“We went for a second lap there and I just scuffed the wall and normally when you do that it tightens up, so I stayed in it thinking it was gonna be OK through three and four on the second lap, but it was still too loose.

“We missed it a little bit. We’ll just clean that up and be ready for tomorrow.”

Joe Nemechek failed to make the 43-car field.

Video of Jeff Gordon’s qualifying shunt



RESULTS Qualifying – STP 400 : Kansas Speedway

POS 

Driver

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Time

1

Matt Kenseth Toyota The Home Depot / Husky 191.864 28.145

2

Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 191.748 +0.017

3

Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Zest 191.734 +0.019

4

Sam Hornish Jr Ford SKF 191.401 +0.068

5

Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 190.853 +0.149

6

Aric Almirola Ford STP-Farmland 190.779 +0.160

7

Martin Truex Jr Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 190.651 +0.179

8

Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 190.282 +0.234

9

Ryan Newman Chevrolet CODE 3 ASSOCIATES 190.221 +0.243

10

Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy Drink 190.134 +0.256

11

Greg Biffle Ford ACE Brand 190.067 +0.266

12

Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Pittsburgh Paints 189.780 +0.309

13

Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing-Denver Mattress 189.534 +0.346

14

Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 189.221 +0.393

15

Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 189.195 +0.397

16

Brian Vickers Toyota FedEx Freight 189.182 +0.399

17

Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Bad Boy Buggies 189.155 +0.403

18

Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 189.023 +0.423

19

Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Target 188.758 +0.463

20

Jeff Burton Chevrolet TBA 188.679 +0.475

21

Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 188.442 +0.511

22

Joey Logano Ford AAA 188.317 +0.530

23

Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 188.311 +0.531

24

Elliott Sadler Toyota ALERT Energy Gum 187.996 +0.579

25

Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 187.774 +0.613

26

David Ragan Ford TBA 187.441 +0.664

27

Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 85th Anniversary 187.370 +0.675

28

David Gilliland Ford EZ Pawn / EZ Money 187.279 +0.689

29

Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 187.272 +0.690

30

Casey Mears Ford GEICO 186.922 +0.744

31

David Reutimann Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 186.909 +0.746

32

Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 186.728 +0.774

33

Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 186.657 +0.785

34

Bobby Labonte Toyota Pine Sol 186.561 +0.800

35

Mike Bliss Chevrolet Plinker Tactical 186.528 +0.805

36

Josh Wise Ford MDS Transport 186.419 +0.822

37

Timmy Hill Ford OXY Water 185.688 +0.936

38

David Stremme Toyota Swan Racing 185.650 +0.942

39

Landon Cassill Chevrolet KCI 185.274 +1.001

40

J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Accell Construction 185.185 +1.015

41

Regan Smith Chevrolet Hendrickcars.com 184.818 +1.073

42

Dave Blaney Chevrolet Sany 183.811 +1.233

43

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger NA No Time

 

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