Kenseth Beats Former Teammate Edwards for Pole

5 years 1 month 6 days ago Friday, April 19 2013 Apr 19, 2013 Friday, April 19, 2013 5:39:00 PM CDT April 19, 2013 in Sports
By: Asociated Press
loading

KANSAS CITY, KS (AP) -- Matt Kenseth did his best Friday to erase his reputation as a poor qualifier.

Kenseth rolled to the pole for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway, setting a track qualifying record of 191.864 mph in cold, windy conditions to bump Carl Edwards out of the top spot and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. into the second row.

"We didn't think we had a chance," Kenseth said. "It's unexpected, and its one of the fastest tracks of the year. Felt great to go out late and jump over the other guys."

Kenseth will be starting his 480th Sprint Cup race this weekend, but the 2005 series champion has only qualified first nine times - one of them came at Kansas in 2005.

Indeed, the man behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota has had plenty of success at the 1½-mile tri-oval. Kenseth won the fall race at Kansas, and hasn't finished outside the top 10 since having engine trouble in the 2009 race. He's also finished in the top five at the track five times.

"It's always been something I would try to do well, qualify well, but it has been more of a focal point in the team," Kenseth said. "I always tried, but now my cars have been faster."

Edwards will be starting on the front row for the first time at Kansas after qualifying with a lap of 191.748. Stenhouse was bumped to third after spending most of the day with the quickest lap.

Asked how it felt to be beaten out for the pole by Kenseth, a poor qualifier, Edwards quipped: "The whole field should feel bad."

"All the cars were fast," Edwards added. "Track position is critical here so a good pit stall and good starting spot makes a difference."

Joey Logano will start 22nd and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski will go off 33rd. Both drivers arrived at Kansas on Friday with their full teams after appealing heavy sanctions handed down by NASCAR for bringing unapproved parts to last weekend's race at Texas.

"It wasn't what we were looking for, for sure," Keselowski said. "We didn't make it through the center of the corner with as much speed as you need to be fast, so we have to work on that."

The speeds that were put up in the newest generation of cars over the recently repaved surface seemed to catch several drivers by surprise.

Kenseth brushed the wall with his right rear entering a corner during practice, and Kyle Busch slapped the wall later in practice hard enough that he had to go to a backup car.

Busch rallied to qualify fifth in his No. 18 Toyota.

Jeff Gordon said the track was "superfast with a lot of grip," but evidently couldn't find enough during his qualifying run. The two-time champion at Kansas got loose between turns 1 and 2, headed up the track and backed into the wall to bring qualifying to a halt.

"I was happy through 3 and 4, we got down in 1 and 2, got to the yellow line and start picking up the throttle, and it slowly came around," Gordon said. "We've got a car and an engine that's pretty much done. Been a while since I wrecked in qualifying."

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missourians who are moving outdoors as the weather should keep their eyes open for snakes. ... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, May 26 2018 May 26, 2018 Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:21:00 AM CDT May 26, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The counting of votes was underway Saturday following Ireland's referendum to lift the... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, May 26 2018 May 26, 2018 Saturday, May 26, 2018 6:43:00 AM CDT May 26, 2018 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - New Bloomfield has a new mayor, but it's the way he was selected that has a group... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 9:26:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The ACLU of Missouri is suing the Independence School District on behalf of a senior banned... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 6:35:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Thornbrook neighborhood was without water and electricity for almost two hours on Friday. Columbia Water and... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 5:36:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Four vehicle crashes have occurred this week along State Road F west of Fulton in Callaway County.... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 4:12:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – After serving eight years in the United States Air Force, the passion of this veteran for sky travel... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In another day of political theater, the special House committee investigating Governor Eric Greitens heard new testimony... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 3:15:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Organizers are expecting a large turnout for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans" airshow on Memorial Day weekend. ... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:53:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- When most people lose an animal, one of the first steps is to put a "missing" sign on a... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:46:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Aircraft and pilots met at Columbia Regional Airport Friday to prepare for the 30th annual "Salute to Veterans"... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:45:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - A high-speed car chase ended Sunday when the suspect slid into a ditch, according to a press release... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- It's no secret more cars will out for Memorial Day weekend, but many drivers are taking precautions before... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than five hundred Missourians have lost their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 1:48:00 PM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
HARRISONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old western Missouri boy fought off an attempted abduction by hitting the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:53:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning crash on I-70 Westbound. It caused major backups... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 25 2018 May 25, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:47:00 AM CDT May 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - On Thursday, the Columbia Airport Advisory Board announced the TSA approved a security screening lane to open by... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:41:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- May is known for Mother’s day, Memorial Day and in Missouri, the start of tick season. “May, June... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:21:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 89°
3pm 91°
4pm 91°
5pm 88°
6pm 88°