Martin Truex Jr. on pole at Kansas
Martin Truex Jr. celebrates a pole at Kansas Speedway on May 6, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
Martin Truex Jr. led a Toyota charge to the top-three spots on the starting grid for Sunday’s GoBowling.com
400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Truex’s 28.284-second/190.921 mph lap in the third and final round of qualifying on Friday put him on the pole for the eighth time in his career but the first time of the season and the first time in Sprint Cup competition at Kansas.
“Feels good to be getting another pole; it’s been a long time,” Truex said. “I think I’ve got an Xfinity Series pole here at Kansas back in about ’05, so it’s been a little while here at Kansas, and it’s been a few years in the Cup Series altogether. We’ve been really close with our Furniture Row team the past few years. We’ve qualified second a handful of times and been just right there at it. We’ve led the first round. We’ve led the second round. We just haven’t quite figured out how to lead that third rounds, so today, just really proud of everyone at Furniture Row Racing.”
Matt Kenseth, after posting the fastest laps in the first two rounds of qualifying, was second to Truex in round three, putting him next to Truex on the front row. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin, qualified third.
Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-five in the final round of qualifying on Friday.
“I felt like I overdrove turn three, and I could feel the engine bog down a little bit off of four. Just because I killed the speed, I killed the momentum of the car,” Busch said. “I didn’t quite carry it smoothly through three and four. One and two was alright, but all-in-all, the Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevy — it feels good to be the top Chevy.”
Here’s the complete starting grid for Saturday night
400 at Kansas Speedway:
Row 1 — Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Toyota), Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota)
Row 2 — Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota), Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet)
Row 3 — Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford), Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota)
Row 4 — Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford), Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet)
Row 5 — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford), Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford)
Row 6 — Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet), Carl Edwards (No. 19 Toyota)
Row 7 — Chase Elliott (No. 24 Chevrolet), Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford)
Row 8 — Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet), Tony Stewart (No. 14 Chevrolet)
Row 9 — Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet)
Row 10 — Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford), Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford)
Row 11 — Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88)
Row 12 — Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet), Matt DiBenedetto (No. 83 Toyota)
Row 13 — Chris Buescher (No. 34 Ford), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet)
Row 14 — Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet), Brian Scott (No. 44 Ford)
Row 15 — A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet), Michael McDowell (No. 95 Chevrolet)
Row 16 — Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet), Regan Smith (No. 7 Chevrolet)
Row 17 — Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Chevrolet), David Ragan (No. 23 Toyota)
Row 18 — Landon Cassill (No. 38 Ford), Josh Wise (No. 30 Chevrolet)
Row 19 — Cole Whitt (No. 98 Chevrolet), Joey Gase (No. 32 Ford)
Row 20 — Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet), Reed Sorenson (No. 55 Chevrolet)