KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Matt Kenseth set a track record en route to scoring the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway Friday afternoon.
Kenseth, who was seventh fastest in practice earlier Friday, circled the 1.5-mile oval in 28.145 seconds at 191.864 mph. He took the pole from his former teammate Carl Edwards in the final moments of qualifying.
“This thing was kind of a struggle most of the day. I felt like I wasn’t giving Jason (Radcliff, crew chief) really the best feedback,” Kenseth said. “They made awesome adjustments for qualifying. It was pretty bad to the bone.”
The previous track qualifying record of 191.360 mph belonged to Kasey Kahne, who set the mark last October.
Edwards will start second with his 28.145-second lap, followed by teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr. and Kyle Busch.
Jeff Gordon, a two-time winner at Kansas Speedway, spun during his qualifying lap and backed his No. 24 Chevrolet into the wall at the exit of turn two. Gordon will start 43rd in a back-up car.
“It felt great coming to the green. I was pretty happy with it through three and four,” Gordon said. “Got down into one and two, I arched it in there just the way I wanted to. I got to the yellow line and started picking up the throttle and it just slowly came around.”
Joe Nemechek was the only driver who failed to qualify.