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Matt Kenseth captured his first Coors Light Pole Award at Joe Gibbs Racing, but it took knocking off his former Roush-Fenway Racing teammate to do it.
Kenseth’s lap of 191.864 mph, 28.145 seconds in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session set a new qualifying record at the 1.5-mile track. This is the first consecutive week that a new track record has been set during qualifying. Something NASCAR thought would happen with the Gen 6 car.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who know drives Kenseth’s RFR car, will start third; while Sam Hornish, Jr. and Kyle Busch round out the top five.
Jeff Gordon crashed before completing his first qualifying lap, destroying the front and rear ends of his racecar after hitting the wall hard in Turn 2. Gordon will go to a backup car and will start from the rear of the field Sunday.
The STP 400 will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX. Pre-race coverage starts at 12:30 p.m.
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