Kenseth scores pole at Fontana

Kenseth with the pole award

Kenseth with the pole award

Matt Kenseth has taken the Coors Light Pole Award at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana with Brad Keselowski keeping Penske’s hot form in qualifying going with the next quickest time.

Kenseth posted a speed of 301.455 kmh (187.315 mph) to earn his first pole at the southern California track.

Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer round out the top five starting line-up.

Marcos Ambrose will start eighth

Marcos Ambrose will start eighth

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose backed-up his fifth place in qualifying at Bristol last week with the eighth quickest time today. Ambrose went on to finish fifth in that race. It’s the Tasmanian’s third top-10 qualifying position in the five races contested after he started the Daytona 500 in seventh.

“It was a great day for us. This has been a tough track for RPM (Richard Petty Motorsports) the last couple years and had enough speed to get ourselves in the final 12 and put down another good lap,” said Ambrose.

“I am proud of the efforts for Stanley and Ford and everyone with the program. It has been a really good day.”

His focus is on NASCAR right now, but Ambrose has been mentioned as a target by Penske if they come into V8 Supercars in the future.

Denny Hamlin, who won the pole for last spring’s race at Auto Club, qualified 13th, just missing a chance to qualify in the last round.

Kyle Busch won at Fontana last year and qualified 14th for this year’s race.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 will be on mid-morning Monday eastern Australian time.

VIDEO: Kenseth scores California pole

 

QUALIFYING: Auto Club 400

POS 

Car #

Driver

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Best Time

Behind

1

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 187.315 38.438 Leader

2

2 Brad Keselowski Ford Wurth 187.105 38.481 –0.043

3

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s “Spring is Calling”. 186.935 38.516 –0.078

4

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 186.901 38.523 –0.085

5

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota PEAK 186.461 38.614 –0.176

6

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 186.384 38.630 –0.192

7

22 Joey Logano Ford AAA So. California 186.273 38.653 –0.215

8

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 186.013 38.707 –0.269

9

99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 185.878 38.735 –0.297

10

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 185.792 38.753 –0.315

11

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 185.773 38.757 –0.319

12

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 185.725 38.767 –0.329

13

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 185.323 38.851 –0.413

14

18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 185.314 38.853 –0.415

15

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 185.290 38.858 –0.420

16

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 185.209 38.875 –0.437

17

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 185.166 38.884 –0.446

18

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Charter 184.715 38.979 –0.541

19

55 Brian Vickers Toyota TreatMyClot.com-Aaron’s 184.521 39.020 –0.582

20

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Cheerios 183.960 39.139 –0.701

21

43 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 183.955 39.140 –0.702

22

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Ford EcoBoost 183.861 39.160 –0.722

23

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 183.491 39.239 –0.801

24

16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Aerospace 185.095 38.899 –0.461

25

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 184.525 39.019 –0.581

26

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Time Warner Cable 184.322 39.062 –0.624

27

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy/Get Found 184.299 39.067 –0.629

28

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 183.983 39.134 –0.696

29

38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 183.922 39.147 –0.709

30

27 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Duracell / Menards 183.641 39.207 –0.769

31

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 183.580 39.220 –0.782

32

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota Swan Energy 182.918 39.362 –0.924

33

35 David Reutimann Ford MDS Transport 182.219 39.513 –1.075

34

26 Cole Whitt Toyota Swan Energy 181.525 39.664 –1.226

35

32 Travis Kvapil Ford SK Hand Tools 181.507 39.668 –1.230

36

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 181.365 39.699 –1.261

37

33 Brian Scott Chevrolet Whitetail 181.246 39.725 –1.287

38

98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Trench Shoring Company 181.059 39.766 –1.328

39

83 Ryan Truex Toyota Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry 180.659 39.854 –1.416

40

23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 180.619 39.863 –1.425

41

34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 180.284 39.937 –1.499

42

66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Land Castle Title 180.009 39.998 –1.560

43

40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet CRC Brakleen-FiberLock 0.000 0.000 -38.438

 

 

 

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