Kenseth Captures Kansas Pole

Matt Kenseth

Kenseth won his ninth career pole. (Photo: Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth captured the pole for the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway with a track record lap of 191.864 mph.

It was just the ninth career pole for Kenseth in 480 career NASCAR Sprint Cup starts.

“We don’t hear that very often, do we?” Kenseth said. “That was my most exciting pole. There’s only been nine of them.

“That was kind of cool. It was pretty neat for me, not just because they were from (Roush). … Having those guys be as dominant as they were all day, you knew if we were going to have a shot, we were going to have to beat one of them guys.”

Roush Fenway’s Carl Edwards will start outside the front row.

“The whole field has got to feel bad if they get beat by Matt Kenseth in qualifying,” Edwards joked. “Matt must have one really fast race car.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr., who is starting a third Penske Racing car this weekend, will start in the second row.

Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.

“Well, it was certainly a really good run for us,” said Busch, who slapped the wall during practice. “From what all we’ve gone through today whether it’s been on the Truck side or the Cup side, these guys really, really worked their butts off, so I can’t say enough about my crew and everybody on this team giving me a great M&M’s Camry to go out there and do my job with right now. It’s a good starting spot for us.

Aric Almirola, Martin Truex Jr., Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer completed the first ten qualifiers.

“We were better than that in practice and thought there was some more out there,” said Truex Jr., who is trying to erase the disappointment of last week’s second place finish in Texas. “I think we maybe messed up a little bit on the tires we went on. You come to these newer tracks and you have to go on scuffs because they’re faster and sometimes you don’t have enough practice laps to say, ‘Okay, do we want two-lap scuffs, four-lap scuffs, six-lap scuffs?’ I think we maybe put about one or two many laps on this set here. Still a good lap for us. We’ve got a great car and looking forward to the race on Sunday.”

Jeff Gordon, the 38th of 44 drivers to make a qualifying attempt, spun out and crashed racing through Turn 2.

“I was committed. I'm fine,” said Gordon, who will go to a backup for Sunday’s race and start from the rear of the field. “Unfortunately the car is not. I don’t know about the engine, either.”

Sprint Cup Series teams will have two practice sessions on Saturday with Sunday’s STP 400 slated for a 1:15 p.m. ET green flag.

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