Matt Kenseth on pole at Phoenix; turns lap of 137.101 mph
Matt Kenseth is on the outside looking in when it comes to the final two races of The Chase but he served notice that he's not out yet by winning the pole Saturday for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Teammate Carl Edwards is battling Tony Stewart for the title but it's Kenseth who will start on the pole Sunday after turning a lap of 137.101 mph in his No. 17 Ford.
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November 12, 2011 08:03 pm EST
Sports, Auto Racing, NASCAR
Matt Kenseth is on the outside looking in when it comes to the final two races of The Chase but he served notice that he's not out yet by winning the pole Saturday for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Teammate Carl Edwards is battling Tony Stewart for the title but it's Kenseth who will start on the pole Sunday after turning a lap of 137.101 mph in his No. 17 Ford.
"It was a good lap,” said Kenseth, who is fourth in the Sprint Cup points. “We watched everyone else and obviously there were a lot of people low on grip and it looked like the track and cars were a lot looser than yesterday. Everyone had a different strategy.''
AJ Allmendinger will start on the outside of the front row and rolling off behind them will be Marcos Ambrose, Mark Martin and Martin Truex Jr.
Rounding out the top-10 starters are Jamie McMurray, David Reutimann, Tony Stewart, Edwards and Kasey Kahne.
“I thought it was alright, we did not get on the pole, but we had a nice solid lap and that is what we needed to do,” Edwards said.
"It was pretty exciting out there. I saw David Gilliland, I was most impressed with him. He almost hit the fence, went all the way back and almost did it again,'' Edwards said. "This is pretty neat. If it were like this tomorrow it would be a really fun race. I think it is going to cool off tomorrow and be a lock down high speed race track. Now it is up to the crew chiefs.”
As for the other Chase drivers, Brad Keselowski qualified 12th, Jimmie Johnson qualified 16th, Kurt Busch was 17th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 22nd.
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