Kenseth Breaks Vegas Qualifying Record

Matt Kenseth

Kenseth scored his fifth pole in 403 Sprint Cup Series races. (Photo: Getty Images)

Matt Kenseth broke the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track qualifying record to earn the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400.

Kenseth’s lap of 188.884 mph put the Roush Fenway Racing driver in the number one starting position for Sunday’s third race of the 2011 season.

The fast lap backed up Kenseth’s practice effort when he led the day’s earlier session. It was his first pole since Darlington in May of 2009.

"Qualifying is not my strong suit but I knew we had a really fast car today when we did our last qualifying run," Kenseth said. "Honestly this is the most nervous I have been before qualifying in probably five years at least because I knew we had a shot at the pole and I knew last week we really messed up. I didn’t want to mess up a fast car today, so I was really happy with that.”

Kenseth led a Ford sweep of the first four positions in the session and will be joined on the front row by Marcos Ambrose, who posted a lap of 188.166 mph, in the Stanley Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports.

RFR teammates Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle will make up row two while Kyle Busch rounded out the top five in qualifying.

Joey Lopgano, AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr. and Mark Martin completed the first 10 qualifiers.

David Ragan spun on his qualifying lap and will start at the rear of the field in 42nd.

Only Brian Keselowski failed to qualify for Sunday’s race.

Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 is slated for a 3 p.m. ET green flag.

Related Topics:

Matt Kenseth, NASCAR Sprint Cup

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