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Homestead: Cup qualifying

Matt Kenseth will start from pole position for the Ford City 400, the final race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that will decide who will walk away with this year's championship.
Matt Kenseth's chances of winning the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship might not be quite over and done with after all, after he successfully clinched a bonus point at the tactical advantage of winning pole position at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday evening.

Kenseth set a time of 30.394s (177.667mph) on the 1.5-mile oval in the last qualifying session of the year to clinch his third pole of the year and his 11th in 508 Cup race starts. He was just 0.038s ahead of Kurt Buch who will line-up alongside him on the front row for Sunday's Ford City 400.

It's the first time that Kenseth has qualified at the top at Homestead-Miami, and it couldn't come at a better time as he has a 27 point deficit to championship leader to overcome in the season finale if he is to prevent the five time champion from making it a six-pack this weekend.

Johnson will start in the top ten albeit on the fourth row of the grid. The second row is an all-Penske affair with team mates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski - the latter making his final appearance as the reigning Sprint Cup champion before handing the title over to his successor after Sunday's race. Row three will consist of Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick, leaving Johnson in seventh alongside Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Buch just missed out on a top ten starting position and will line up in 11th, while Kasey Kahne will start from 13th, Ryan Newman 15th, Greg Biffle 16th, Carl Edwards 18th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. frustrated with his qualifying performance in 21st but ahead of Clint Bowyer in 25th and Jeff Gordon in 26th.

With 43 cars entered for Sunday's race, all drivers made it onto the grid.

Qualifying times

1. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 30.394s (Pole) 177.667mph
2. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 30.432s (+ 0.038s) 177.445mph
3. #22 Joey Logano Ford 30.460s (+ 0.066s) 177.282mph
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 30.498s (+ 0.104s) 177.061mph
5. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 30.535s (+ 0.141s) 176.846mph
6. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 30.568s (+ 0.174s) 176.655mph
7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 30.578s (+ 0.184s) 176.598mph
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 30.606s (+ 0.212s) 176.436mph
9. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 30.606s (+ 0.212s) 176.436mph
10. #55 Elliott Sadler Toyota 30.610s (+ 0.216s) 176.413mph
11. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 30.620s (+ 0.226s) 176.355mph
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 30.620s (+ 0.226s) 176.355mph
13. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 30.629s (+ 0.235s) 176.304mph
14. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 30.726s (+ 0.332s) 175.747mph
15. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 30.729s (+ 0.335s) 175.730mph
16. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 30.736s (+ 0.342s) 175.690mph
17. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 30.768s (+ 0.374s) 175.507mph
18. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 30.781s (+ 0.387s) 175.433mph
19. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 30.791s (+ 0.397s) 175.376mph
20. #51 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 30.795s (+ 0.401s) 175.353mph
21. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 30.796s (+ 0.402s) 175.347mph
22. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 30.809s (+ 0.415s) 175.273mph
23. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 30.838s (+ 0.444s) 175.109mph
24. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30.841s (+ 0.447s) 175.092mph
25. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 30.896s (+ 0.502s) 174.780mph
26. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 30.926s (+ 0.532s) 174.610mph
27. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 30.939s (+ 0.545s) 174.537mph
28. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 30.976s (+ 0.582s) 174.329mph
29. #34 David Ragan Ford 30.978s (+ 0.584s) 174.317mph
30. #30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 31.183s (+ 0.789s) 173.171mph
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 31.196s (+ 0.802s) 173.099mph
32. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 31.293s (+ 0.899s) 172.563mph
33. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 31.343s (+ 0.949s) 172.287mph
34. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 31.348s (+ 0.954s) 172.260mph
35. #35 Josh Wise Ford 31.387s (+ 0.993s) 172.046mph
36. #47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 31.444s (+ 1.050s) 171.734mph
37. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 31.447s (+ 1.053s) 171.717mph
38. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 31.599s (+ 1.205s) 170.891mph
39. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31.675s (+ 1.281s) 170.481mph
40. #13 Casey Mears Ford 31.736s (+ 1.342s) 170.154mph
41. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 31.742s (+ 1.348s) 170.122mph
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 31.799s (+ 1.405s) 169.817mph
43. #40 Tony Raines Chevrolet 32.300s (+ 1.906s) 167.183mph

Practice 1 times

1. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 30.567s (Leader) 176.661mph (9 laps)
2. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 30.596s (-0.029s) 176.494mph (26 laps)
3. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 30.719s (-0.152s) 175.787mph (17 laps)
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 30.752s (-0.185s) 175.598mph (18 laps)
5. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 30.756s (-0.189s) 175.575mph (18 laps)
6. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 30.756s (-0.189s) 175.575mph (25 laps)
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 30.770s (-0.203s) 175.496mph (7 laps)
8. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 30.783s (-0.216s) 175.421mph (11 laps)
9. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 30.811s (-0.244s) 175.262mph (18 laps)
10. #22 Joey Logano Ford 30.814s (-0.247s) 175.245mph (32 laps)
11. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 30.823s (-0.256s) 175.194mph (21 laps)
12. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 30.835s (-0.268s) 175.126mph (26 laps)
13. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 30.838s (-0.271s) 175.109mph (22 laps)
14. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 30.857s (-0.290s) 175.001mph (11 laps)
15. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 30.860s (-0.293s) 174.984mph (23 laps)
16. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 30.867s (-0.300s) 174.944mph (19 laps)
17. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 30.934s (-0.367s) 174.565mph (15 laps)
18. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 30.939s (-0.372s) 174.537mph (23 laps)
19. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 30.940s (-0.373s) 174.531mph (9 laps)
20. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30.971s (-0.404s) 174.357mph (19 laps)
21. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 30.971s (-0.404s) 174.357mph (15 laps)
22. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 31.017s (-0.450s) 174.098mph (17 laps)
23. #51 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 31.055s (-0.488s) 173.885mph (17 laps)
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 31.069s (-0.502s) 173.807mph (11 laps)
25. #55 Elliott Sadler Toyota 31.115s (-0.548s) 173.550mph (10 laps)
26. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 31.156s (-0.589s) 173.321mph (17 laps)
27. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 31.163s (-0.596s) 173.282mph (17 laps)
28. #47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 31.227s (-0.660s) 172.927mph (23 laps)
29. #30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 31.248s (-0.681s) 172.811mph (11 laps)
30. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 31.342s (-0.775s) 172.293mph (21 laps)
31. #13 Casey Mears Ford 31.436s (-0.869s) 171.778mph (17 laps)
32. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 31.451s (-0.884s) 171.696mph (18 laps)
33. #34 David Ragan Ford 31.461s (-0.894s) 171.641mph (26 laps)
34. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 31.669s (-1.102s) 170.514mph (25 laps)
35. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 31.710s (-1.143s) 170.293mph (1 laps)
36. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 31.712s (-1.145s) 170.283mph (9 laps)
37. #38 David Gilliland Ford 31.728s (-1.161s) 170.197mph (19 laps)
38. #35 Josh Wise Ford 31.839s (-1.272s) 169.603mph (3 laps)
39. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 31.897s (-1.330s) 169.295mph (6 laps)
40. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 32.032s (-1.465s) 168.581mph (18 laps)
41. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 32.069s (-1.502s) 168.387mph (5 laps)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 32.159s (-1.592s) 167.916mph (3 laps)
43. #40 Tony Raines Chevrolet 32.422s (-1.855s) 166.554mph (8 laps)



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