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2013 Kansas NASCAR: Cup qualifying

Matt Kenseth will start from pole position for Sunday's STP 400 Cup race after edging Carl Edwards for the top spot by 0.017s at Kansas Speedway on Friday.
Matt Kenseth clinched his first pole position for Joe Gibbs Racing on Friday at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway ahead of this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Kenseth's time of 28.145s (191.864mph) was a new track record at the recently repaved track. It was less than two hundredths of a second quicker than his former Roush Fenway Racing team mate Carl Edwards, who will start alongside Kenseth on the front row. It's Kenseth's ninth pole in 480 series starts and his second in 15 outings at Kansas. His most recent pole before this was at last July's Daytona event.

Kenseth's replacement at Roush, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., was the fastest qualifying rookie as he claimed third place, lining up on the second row of the grid alongside Penske's Sam Hornish, Jr. ahead of JGR's Kyle Busch and Richard Petty Motorsport's Aric Almirola on the third row.

Busch scraped the wall early in the sole practice session that preceded qualifying earlier on Friday, and was forced to take to his backup car. Jeff Gordon also found the wall, albeit in qualifying itself, and as a result set no time in the speed trials. He made the race based on owner points, but will start at the back as a result.

He'll be in good company on Sunday, as some big names had their worst qualifying of the season to date: Kasey Kahne slumped to 27th while reigning champion Brad Keselowski - still smarting from the mid-week penalties doled out on Penske for illegal components at Texas - could only manage 33rd. Jimmie Johnson fared better but will still be disappointed with 21st on the grid.

Joe Nemechek was the only driver to fail to make the 43-car grid.

Qualifying times

1. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28.145s (Pole) 191.864mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.162s (+ 0.017s) 191.748mph
3. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.164s (+ 0.019s) 191.734mph
4. #12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Ford 28.213s (+ 0.068s) 191.401mph
5. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.294s (+ 0.149s) 190.853mph
6. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.305s (+ 0.160s) 190.779mph
7. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.324s (+ 0.179s) 190.651mph
8. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.379s (+ 0.234s) 190.282mph
9. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.388s (+ 0.243s) 190.221mph
10. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.401s (+ 0.256s) 190.134mph
11. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.411s (+ 0.266s) 190.067mph
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.454s (+ 0.309s) 189.780mph
13. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.491s (+ 0.346s) 189.534mph
14. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.538s (+ 0.393s) 189.221mph
15. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.542s (+ 0.397s) 189.195mph
16. #11 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.544s (+ 0.399s) 189.182mph
17. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.548s (+ 0.403s) 189.155mph
18. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.568s (+ 0.423s) 189.023mph
19. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.608s (+ 0.463s) 188.758mph
20. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.620s (+ 0.475s) 188.679mph
21. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.656s (+ 0.511s) 188.442mph
22. #22 Joey Logano Ford 28.675s (+ 0.530s) 188.317mph
23. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.676s (+ 0.531s) 188.311mph
24. #81 Elliott Sadler Toyota 28.724s (+ 0.579s) 187.996mph
25. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28.758s (+ 0.613s) 187.774mph
26. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.809s (+ 0.664s) 187.441mph
27. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.820s (+ 0.675s) 187.370mph
28. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.834s (+ 0.689s) 187.279mph
29. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.835s (+ 0.690s) 187.272mph
30. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.889s (+ 0.744s) 186.922mph
31. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 28.891s (+ 0.746s) 186.909mph
32. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.919s (+ 0.774s) 186.728mph
33. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.930s (+ 0.785s) 186.657mph
34. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.945s (+ 0.800s) 186.561mph
35. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.950s (+ 0.805s) 186.528mph
36. #35 Josh Wise Ford 28.967s (+ 0.822s) 186.419mph
37. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 29.081s (+ 0.936s) 185.688mph
38. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.087s (+ 0.942s) 185.650mph
39. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.146s (+ 1.001s) 185.274mph
40. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 29.160s (+ 1.015s) 185.185mph
41. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.218s (+ 1.073s) 184.818mph
42. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.378s (+ 1.233s) 183.811mph
43. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet No time

Did not qualify

#87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.046s (+ 0.901s) 185.912mph

Practice 1 times

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.117s (Leader) 192.055mph (15 laps)
2. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.146s (-0.029s) 191.857mph (16 laps)
3. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford 28.190s (-0.073s) 191.557mph (11 laps)
4. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.202s (-0.085s) 191.476mph (17 laps)
5. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.229s (-0.112s) 191.293mph (16 laps)
6. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.264s (-0.147s) 191.056mph (17 laps)
7. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28.303s (-0.186s) 190.792mph (17 laps)
8. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.329s (-0.212s) 190.617mph (14 laps)
9. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.375s (-0.258s) 190.308mph (18 laps)
10. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.389s (-0.272s) 190.215mph (22 laps)
11. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.471s (-0.354s) 189.667mph (26 laps)
12. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.484s (-0.367s) 189.580mph (31 laps)
13. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.575s (-0.458s) 188.976mph (21 laps)
14. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.593s (-0.476s) 188.857mph (24 laps)
15. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.597s (-0.480s) 188.831mph (18 laps)
16. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.607s (-0.490s) 188.765mph (15 laps)
17. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.633s (-0.516s) 188.594mph (10 laps)
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.638s (-0.521s) 188.561mph (25 laps)
19. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.639s (-0.522s) 188.554mph (20 laps)
20. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.644s (-0.527s) 188.521mph (27 laps)
21. #11 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.654s (-0.537s) 188.455mph (26 laps)
22. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.655s (-0.538s) 188.449mph (30 laps)
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.696s (-0.579s) 188.180mph (26 laps)
24. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.737s (-0.620s) 187.911mph (19 laps)
25. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.738s (-0.621s) 187.905mph (24 laps)
26. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.754s (-0.637s) 187.800mph (21 laps)
27. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.769s (-0.652s) 187.702mph (27 laps)
28. #81 Elliott Sadler Toyota 28.770s (-0.653s) 187.696mph (17 laps)
29. #22 Joey Logano Ford 28.821s (-0.704s) 187.363mph (31 laps)
30. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.859s (-0.742s) 187.117mph (31 laps)
31. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 28.898s (-0.781s) 186.864mph (12 laps)
32. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.946s (-0.829s) 186.554mph (22 laps)
33. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28.987s (-0.870s) 186.290mph (26 laps)
34. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 29.041s (-0.924s) 185.944mph (9 laps)
35. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 29.045s (-0.928s) 185.918mph (15 laps)
36. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.064s (-0.947s) 185.797mph (12 laps)
37. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.099s (-0.982s) 185.573mph (17 laps)
38. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.141s (-1.024s) 185.306mph (15 laps)
39. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 29.184s (-1.067s) 185.033mph (13 laps)
40. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.196s (-1.079s) 184.957mph (11 laps)
41. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.215s (-1.098s) 184.837mph (14 laps)
42. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.313s (-1.196s) 184.219mph (24 laps)
43. #35 Josh Wise Ford 29.373s (-1.256s) 183.842mph (19 laps)
44. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.476s (-1.359s) 183.200mph (18 laps)



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Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 19, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images)  (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Toyota Care Toyota, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway on April 19, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)  (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jeff Gordon in testing at Texas - April 2013. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with his wife DeLana and son Keelan in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Robert C - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 8:03 PM

Good job Kenseth, running strong this first year with JGR. Come on Earnhardt, you say you are the best there is, show me or is this the same as I see year in year out. You start and hang strong the first 3/4 of season then here comes backward slide.

RANDY - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 3:55 PM

JOHNSON AND CREWCHIEF WILL DO ANYTHING TO WIN AND CHEAT. EVEN HIS OWN FANS BELIEVE THIS. AND STEWERT WHAT IS WRONG SINCE YOU OWN A COMPANY IT SEEMS YOU DO NOT PUT ANY EFFORT IN RACING ANYMORE I HAVE BEEN YOUR FAN FOR OVER20 YEARS. GOOD LUCK AT KANSAS NO.14 AND NO.39 . KICK ASS TONY.



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