Kenseth Resets Vegas Track Record

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Matt Kenseth reset the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track record en route to his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole Friday afternoon. (HHP/Christa L. Thomas Photo)

LAS VEGAS — Matt Kenseth led a Ford brigade during qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday, breaking the track record en route to winning the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400.

Kenseth’s 28.59-second lap at 188.884 miles per hour broke the track record set by Kurt Busch last year at the 1.5-mile speedway.

“We get one [pole] every three years,” joked Kenseth after winning his fifth Sprint Cup pole. “We had a real fast car obviously for me to be able to sit on the pole there. This was the most nervous I’ve been for qualifying in probably five years because I knew we had a shot at the pole. I was just praying that I wasn’t going to be the weak link and mess it up like I did last week.”

Marcos Ambrose, driving the No. 9 Stanley Tools Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, clocked in second fastest with his 28.70-second lap at 188.166 miles per hour.

“I’m just so proud of my Stanley team. Everyone is doing such a great job,” Ambrose said. “We’ve got a long race Sunday but it’s going to help a lot starting at the front.”

Carl Edwards was third fastest ahead of fellow Ford driver Greg Biffle in fourth. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano followed in a pair of Toyotas. A.J. Allmendinger’s Ford, Ryan Newman’s Chevrolet, Martin Truex, Jr.’s Toyota and Mark Martin’s Chevrolet completed the top 10.

Brian Keselowski was the only driver that failed to qualify.