NSCS: Matt Kenseth Wins Pole for Kobalt Tools 500 from Phoenix International Raceway

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Matt Kenseth is not normally a driver that is known for his qualifying. And with only four career poles in the Sprint Cup Series before this season, he seemed to put the label of ‘racer’ rather than ‘qualifier’ on himself.

Going out fourty-fifth out of forty-six cars for Saturday’s Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway, Kenseth knocked off AJ Allmendinger for his third pole award of the 2011 season with a lap of 137.101 mph. It was also the seventh career pole for Kenseth who barely missed the track record on his qualifying run.

Whenever Matt ‘The Bratt” Kenseth scores a pole, it’s always a sign to the competition how good of a car he has for the weekend.

After his car showed so much promise in practice yesterday, Kasey Kahne was only able to put his red-hot Red Bull Toyota in the tenth position on the starting grid.

Hot shot Camping World Truck Series rookie, Cole Whitt will make his Sprint Cup Series debut in a third Red Bull Racing entry from the nineteenth starting spot.

Championship contenders Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart still cannot seem to separate themselves from each other on the track. The two drivers qualified eighth (Stewart) and ninth(Edwards) for Sunday’s race. With fears of a one-grooved race track, the outside lane could prove to be a major¬†disadvantage for the winner of four of the eight Chase races, Stewart.

With Edwards only holding a three point advantage over Stewart with two races remaining in the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup, Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 could play a major roll in how the final points shake out when the checkers fly next weekend in Homestead.

Rounding out the top ten:  Allemdinger,  Ambrose,Martin, Truex Jr., McMurray, Reutimann, Stewart, Edwards, Kahne.

Scott Riggs, David Stremme and Andy Lally were all unable to qualify for Sunday’s race.

Starting Lineup:

  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. AJ Allmendinger
  3. Marcos Ambrose
  4. Mark Martin
  5. Martin Truex Jr.
  6. Jamie McMurray
  7. David Reutiman
  8. Tony Stewart
  9. Carl Edwards
  10. Kasey Kahne
  11. Paul Menard
  12. Brad Keselowski
  13. David Ragan
  14. Jeff Burton
  15. Regan Smith
  16. Jimmie Johnson
  17. Kurt Busch
  18. Brian Vickers
  19. Cole Whitt
  20. Robby Gordon
  21. Landon Cassill
  22. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  23. Jeff Gordon
  24. Scott Speed
  25. Joey Logano
  26. Juan Pablo Montoya
  27. Kevin Harvick
  28. Clint Bowyer
  29. Greg Biffle
  30. Ryan Newman
  31. Bobby Labonte
  32. Joe Nemecheck
  33. Denny Hamlin
  34. Kyle Busch
  35. Michael McDowell
  36. Mike Skinner
  37. Travis Kvapil
  38. Casey Mears
  39. Mike Bliss
  40. Geoffrey Bodine
  41. JJ Yeley
  42. David Gilliland
  43. Dave Blaney

 

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