Truex Jr. scores Kansas pole

Martin Truex Jr. fastest in qualifying at Kansas Speedway

Martin Truex Jr. took his first pole since 2012

Martin Truex Jr. backed-up his practice pace to score pole for the GoBowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Truex powered his Toyota to a pole-winning lap of 307.258km/h (190.921mph) in the third and final round of qualifying.

The pole position was Truex’s first of the season, his first at the 1.5-mile Kansas City track and the eighth of his Sprint Cup career. He led a 1-2-3 sweep of drivers affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing.

“We’ve had speed here this weekend for sure and feel pretty good about this car in race trim as too,” said Truex Jr.

“We feel like we made some mistakes throughout qualifying and it took us a while to figure out this three round deal. Things have really been going well for us and clicking well. I love this race track. We’ve really been able to perform well here.”

Matt Kenseth will start alongside Truex Jr., while Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch (Chevrolet) and last week’s Talladega winner Brad Keselowski completed the top-5.

The big surprise was Kevin Harvick, a three-time pole winner at Kansas, who was only fast enough for 26th.

QUALIFYING: GoBowling 400 – Kansas Speedway 
 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 78 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats 190.921 28.284 Leader
2 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 190.564 28.337 –0.053
3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight 190.402 28.361 –0.077
4 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation / Monster Energy Chevrolet SS 190.134 28.401 –0.117
5 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts 189.907 28.435 –0.151
6 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Red Nose 189.873 28.440 –0.156
7 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 189.673 28.470 –0.186
8 31 Ryan Newman Grainger 189.553 28.488 –0.204
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Zest Ford Fusion 189.261 28.532 –0.248
10 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 188.627 28.628 –0.344
11 27 Paul Menard Nibco / Menards 188.114 28.706 –0.422
12 19 Carl Edwards Stanley 187.957 28.730 –0.446
13 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts 189.003 28.571 –0.287
14 22 Joey Logano AAA 188.983 28.574 –0.290
15 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 188.719 28.614 –0.330
16 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS 188.587 28.634 –0.350
17 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol 188.567 28.637 –0.353
18 42 Kyle Larson Glad to Give 188.541 28.641 –0.357
19 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 188.390 28.664 –0.380
20 16 Greg Biffle Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion 188.055 28.715 –0.431
21 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 187.898 28.739 –0.455
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Axalta 187.013 28.875 –0.591
23 10 Danica Patrick Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS 186.812 28.906 –0.622
24 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors 186.503 28.954 –0.670
25 34 Chris Buescher Dockside Logistics 187.428 28.811 –0.527
26 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS 187.156 28.853 –0.569
27 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance 187.149 28.854 –0.570
28 44 Brian Scott GoBowling.com 187.071 28.866 –0.582
29 47 AJ Allmendinger Dillons / Glad to Give 186.690 28.925 –0.641
30 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors 186.677 28.927 –0.643
31 13 Casey Mears GEICO 186.638 28.933 –0.649
32 7 Regan Smith APC Chevrolet 186.387 28.972 –0.688
33 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy 186.290 28.987 –0.703
34 23 David Ragan Dr. Pepper 185.491 29.112 –0.828
35 38 Landon Cassill MDS Transport 184.938 29.199 –0.915
36 30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 183.555 29.419 –1.135
37 98 Cole Whitt Tweaker Energy Shot Chevrolet 183.038 29.502 –1.218
38 32 Joey Gase DieselSales.com / Spark Energy 181.953 29.678 –1.394
39 46 Michael Annett Allstate Peterbilt Group 178.436 30.263 –1.979
40 55 Reed Sorenson TBA 177.480 30.426 –2.142

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