Matt Kenseth’s pole from Kansas was taken away from him after it was discovered that the engine in his Toyota failed to meet specifications. Carl Edwards had hoped the penalty would be of benefit to him.
Instead Edwards got a laugh from NASCAR.
“When I saw the news, I texted Mike Helton right away, and I said, ‘All right, cool, we’re in the (Unlimited) next year, right? We got the pole,’” Edwards said. “And he sent back, ‘LOL!’ I didn’t think it was that funny, but he thought it was funny.
“I think (Roush Fenway general manager) Robbie Reiser proceeded to ask him, and then (crew chief) Jimmy Fennig, and he got a good laugh out of it.”
Kenseth went on to win the pole at Richmond earning entry into the 2014 Sprint Unlimited. Edwards will need to claim a pole of his own this year in order to compete in the race.