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Matt Kenseth took the pole Sunday at one of his favorite places after setting a track qualifying record of 191.864 mph at Kansas Speedway.
Kenseth won the fall race at Kansas last season, and hasn't finished outside the top 10 since having engine trouble in the 2009 race. He has finished in the top five at Kansas five times.
Carl Edwards will start on the front row for the first time at Kansas after qualifying second with a lap of 191.748. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified third.
Joey Logano will start 22nd and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski will go off 33rd. Both drivers arrived at Kansas with their full teams after appealing heavy sanctions handed down by NASCAR for bringing unapproved parts to last weekend's race at Texas.
Jeff Gordon crashed between turns 1 and 2 during his qualifying run.
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Watch out for Matt Kenseth. The past NASCAR Sprint Cup champion is off to a stellar start to the season.
On Sunday at Kansas Speedway, Matt Kenseth was the driver to watch throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup STP 400. He led the first 74 laps, lost the edge on a pit sequence, then moved back to the front late in the race.
And then he never looked back. Kasey Kahne chased him, but Kenseth...
Matt Kenseth on pole today for STP 400 at Kansas Speedway…
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While Matt Kenseth may have changed teams, but he continues to own Kansas Speedway, even after the recent repave of the 1.5-mile track.
Kenseth took the lead from former teammate, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and held off Kasey Kahne to win his second race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season with Joe Gibbs Racings. The win was Kenseth’s...
Matt Kenseth takes the checkered flag at Kansas.
MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Tools Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing | Starting Position: 1st
What made the lap so strong? “It’s not me, it’s everybody at TRD (Toyota Racing Development), JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) and Jason Ratcliff (crew chief) and the boys. Thank Home Depot, Husky Tools and Dollar General. This thing was kind of a struggle most of the day. I felt like...
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Matt Kenseth captured his first Coors Light Pole Award at Joe Gibbs Racing, but it took knocking off his former Roush-Fenway Racing teammate to do it.
Kenseth’s lap of 191.864 mph, 28.145 seconds in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session set a new qualifying record at the 1.5-mile track. This is the first consecutive week that a new track record...
Matt Kenseth will lead a field of 43 cars to the green flag in Sundays race at Kansas Speedway for the STP 400. In winning the pole Kenseth set a new track record.
Coverage of the race will begin on FOX at 12:30 pm EST while the green flag is set for 1:16 pm EST.
The race will consist of 267 laps around the 1.5 mile track.
Denny Hamlin won this event last year while Kenseth captured...
Could this be the weekend that Ford finally steps up?
In the first seven races of the season, the Sprint Cup Series has been a battle between Toyota and Chevy. Both manufacturers have enjoyed three trips to victory lane. Toyota Camrys have posted the top qualifying speed in five of the first eight events after Las Vegas time trials were rained out.
With the exception of Carl Edwards...
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Another dominant performance by a driver left that driver in victory lane at the end of the day. In the last few races it has been guys like Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, but today it was Matt Kenseth. Kenseth dominated the race and he held of Kasey Kahne for the victory. At Las Vegas earlier this season, Kenseth won the race by holding off Kahne and that’s...
Matt Kenseth led the way with a lap of 28.615 seconds in the final practice for the STP 400 from Kansas. Rounding out the top five was Aric Almirola, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch, and Kasey Kahne.
The Home Depot/Husky Toyota
Juan Pablo Montoya