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Matt Kenseth On Pole For Sunday’s Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes

Matt Kenseth On Pole For Sunday’s Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes

by April 17, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Matt Kenseth captured the Coors Light Pole Award after running a lap of 14.917 seconds at 128.632 mph at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon.

The run marks Kenseth’s first pole and fifth top-10 start of the 2015 season. The last time Kenseth sat on the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway was back in 2005, and he went on to win the event. Kenseth was 15th quickest during Friday’s practice session, as well.

“Our Dollar General Camry had some really good speed,” Kenseth said. “Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and the guys made some really great adjustments. They had the very best for the last lap and we were able to put it together. Glad we’re starting from the pole and we’ve got some work to do tomorrow to get it ready for Sunday, but there’s not a lot of great pit stalls here and it’s a good place to be in front and hopefully stay up there and out of trouble.”

Brad Keselowski will start alongside of Kenseth in the second position on Sunday. He has four top-10 starts this season, and in 11 races at Bristol Motor Speedway, Keselowski has earned seven top-10 starts. Keselowski finished out first practice in third.

“It’s still very, very early in the weekend and the track is really not indicative of what we’re gonna have to race, so as it continues to change you’ll see some comers and goers from what we saw today,” Keselowski said. “Either way, we’re reasonably happy with our day to qualify second. You get that close and it seems to sting a little bit more because it didn’t take much to find the next place, but it could be worse and we’re thankful for a decent starting spot and hopefully a great spot on pit road to help us all day on Sunday.”

Defending race winner, Carl Edwards qualified in the third position on Friday. He has an impressive 12 top-10 starts at the speedway, and Friday’s effort marked his fourth this season. Edwards ended opening practice in the fourth position.

“I think it’s going to be really good,” Edwards said. “We have Comcast Business on board and they’ve stepped up in a huge way and to see all the JGR Toyotas in the top-11, I was telling Jimmy Makar that my car wasn’t even balanced perfectly and we still ran really well. We have a very fast car and it’s going to be a fun race. Pit selection is going to be great and the pit crew is fast. If everything goes the way I think it is then I think we should be leading after the first caution and that would be great.”

The Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes will air live on FOX and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes Starting Lineup:
1.) #20 Matt Kenseth
2.) #2 Brad Keselowski
3.) #19 Carl Edwards
4.) #4 Kevin Harvick
5.) #11 Denny Hamlin
6.) #22 Joey Logano
7.) #41 Kurt Busch
8.) #5 Kasey Kahne
9.) #27 Paul Menard
10.) #1 Jamie McMurray
11.) #18 David Ragan
12.) #3 Austin Dillon
13.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
14.) #42 Kyle Larson
15.) #51 Justin Allgaier
16.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.
17.) #40 Landon Cassill
18.) #31 Ryan Newman
19.) #95 Michael McDowell
20.) #47 AJ Allmendinger
21.) #14 Tony Stewart
22.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto
23.) #24 Jeff Gordon
24.) #55 Brett Moffitt
25.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
26.) #10 Danica Patrick
27.) #13 Casey Mears
28.) #48 Jimmie Johnson
29.) #23 JJ Yeley
30.) #43 Aric Almirola
31.) #6 Trevor Bayne
32.) #38 David Gilliland
33.) #16 Greg Biffle
34.) #26 Jeb Burton
35.) #98 Josh Wise
36.) #46 Michael Annett
37.) #15 Clint Bowyer
38.) #34 Chris Buescher
39.) #9 Sam Hornish Jr.
40.) #7 Alex Bowman
41.) #32 Mike Bliss
42.) #35 Cole Whitt
43.) #33 Alex Kennedy

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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