Kenseth Claims Food City 500 Pole At Bush's Beans Pole Day
During Bush's Beans Pole Day on Friday, Matt Kenseth earned his first pole this season and second at Bristol Motor Speedway in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.
The last time he did that at the .533-mile track, in August 2005, he won the race.
"Glad we're starting from the pole," Kenseth said. "It's a good place to be in front and hopefully stay up there and out of trouble."
A victory on Sunday would snap what's grown into a 51-race winless streak for Kenseth and be his fourth at Bristol in the Sprint Cup Series.
Starting alongside him Sunday will be Brad Keselowski, who qualified second with a lap of 128.442 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick qualified fourth in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.
Joey Logano, who won here in August, led the first two rounds of qualifying in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford but couldn't nail down the top spot in the final round. His best lap (127.317 mph) put him sixth.
"It's frustrating when you win the first two rounds and then you don't really make it happen on the third one," Logano said. "It's frustrating because you feel like you've got the pole sitting right here, but I just got too loose in the last round."
Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Chevrolet was the lone Hendrick Motorsports representative to qualify in the top 10. He will start eighth on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 13th and Jeff Gordon qualified 23rd. Six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson battled a loose car in qualifying and didn't advance out of the first round. He will start 28th in the No. 48 Chevrolet.
It will be his sixth start outside the top 25 in 27 career Sprint Cup races at Bristol.
"We're in a big hole," Johnson said. "There's no way around it. But this is a long race. You can still salvage a nice finish here being smart, running a strong race and that's what we're going to have to do."
|1||20||Matt Kenseth (PC6)||Dollar General Toyota||128.632||14.917|
|2||2||Brad Keselowski (PC3)||Miller Lite Ford||128.442||14.939|
|3||19||Carl Edwards||Comcast Business Toyota||128.322||14.953|
|4||4||Kevin Harvick (PC1)||Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevy||128.211||14.966|
|5||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Freight Toyota||127.419||15.059|
|6||22||Joey Logano||Autotrader Ford||127.317||15.071|
|7||41||Kurt Busch (PC5)||Haas Automation Chevy||126.871||15.124|
|8||5||Kasey Kahne||Great Clips Chevy||126.829||15.129|
|9||27||Paul Menard||Sylvania/Menards Chevy||126.829||15.129|
|10||1||Jamie McMurray||McDonald's Chevy||126.612||15.155|
|11||18||David Ragan||Snickers Xtreme Toyota||126.436||15.176|
|12||3||Austin Dillon||DOW Chevy||126.262||15.197|
|13||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Mountain Dew Dewshine Chevy||127.081||15.099|
|14||42||Kyle Larson||Target Chevy||127.073||15.100|
|15||51||Justin Allgaier||Auto-Owners Insurance Chevy||126.562||15.161|
|16||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy||126.503||15.168|
|18||31||Ryan Newman||WIX Chevy||126.088||15.218|
|19||95||Michael McDowell||Thrivent Financial Ford||125.947||15.235|
|20||47||A.J. Allmendinger||Bush's Beans Chevy||125.939||15.236|
|21||14||Tony Stewart (PC4)||Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy||125.831||15.249|
|22||83||Matt Dibenedetto||Dustless Blasting Toyota||125.798||15.253|
|23||24||Jeff Gordon (PC7)||3M Chevy||125.609||15.276|
|24||55||Brett Moffitt #||Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota||125.199||15.326|
|25||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Zest Ford||126.378||15.183|
|26||10||Danica Patrick||GoDaddy Chevy||126.328||15.189|
|27||13||Casey Mears||GEICO Chevy||126.303||15.192|
|28||48||Jimmie Johnson (PC2)||Lowe's Chevy||126.146||15.211|
|29||23||J.J. Yeley(i)||Dr Pepper I'm a Pepper Toyota||126.046||15.223|
|30||43||Aric Almirola||Smithfield Ford||125.823||15.250|
|31||6||Trevor Bayne||AdvoCare Ford||125.798||15.253|
|32||38||David Gilliland||MDS Transport Ford||125.625||15.274|
|33||16||Greg Biffle||Ortho Ford||125.551||15.283|
|34||26||Jeb Burton #||MaximFantasySports.com Toyota||125.510||15.288|
|35||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing Ford||125.453||15.295|
|36||46||Michael Annett||Pilot/Flying J Chevy||125.158||15.331|
|37-OP||15||Clint Bowyer||5-hour Energy Toyota||125.020||15.348|
|38-OP||34||Chris Buescher(i)||CSX/Play It Safe Ford||125.020||15.348|
|39-OP||9||Sam Hornish Jr.||Nature Blast Ford||124.938||15.358|
|41-OP||32||Mike Bliss(i)||Keen Parts/Visone RV Ford||124.130||15.458|
|42-OP||35||Cole Whitt||Tweaker Energy Shots Ford||124.050||15.468|
|43-OP||33||Alex Kennedy #||Media Cast Chevy||123.610||15.523|