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Matt Kenseth On Pole For Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Matt Kenseth On Pole For Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

by May 21, 2015 0 comments

CONCORD, N.C. – Matt Kenseth, driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 DeWalt Toyota ran a lap of 27.799 seconds at 194.252 mph on Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway to sit on the pole for Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600.

The effort marks Kenseth’s second Coors Light Pole Award of the 2015 season. Kenseth also sat on the pole earlier this year back in April at Bristol Motor Speedway. His pole on Thursday was his first at Charlotte Motor Speedway after 32 attempts. On top of the two poles this season, Kenseth also has eight top-10 starts.

“That was a good lap for us – all three laps were pretty good,” Kenseth said. “The second run we missed the balance a little and Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) did a good job adjusting it for that last lap. We thought we knew what the track did last time we were here and missed it a little bit. We made the right adjustments and had it good enough there for the pole.”

Starting alongside of Kenseth in second is Joey Logano. He was 22nd in Round 1 and eighth in Round 2. Logano has 10 top-10 starts this season, and he’s coming off a fifth place finish at Kansas Speedway and an eighth place finish in the Sprint All-Star Race. He has three career top-10 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It was a good effort for our team,” Logano said. “You look at where we ended in practice I wasn’t too worried about where our practice speeds were, but it wasn’t very glamorous that’s for sure. The first round I was like, ‘Maybe I was a little overconfident going into this one.’ We were 22nd after the first round and Todd Gordon made some good adjustments. I made some adjustments on my line and was able to get some speed out of our car and I think we were seventh on the next one and then second the last, so I’m proud of my team.”

Carl Edwards will start third on Sunday night after posting his sixth top-10 start of the 2015 season. He was ninth in Round 1 and fourth in Round 2. Edwards has seven career top-10 starts at the speedway. He finished 20th at Kansas Speedway and 17th in the Sprint All-Star Race.

“That was good – that’s a good day and we have some fast race cars,” Edwards said. “I’m really excited about racing. Now we’ve got no pressure and we can just have a little bit of fun. We can work on the balance and get ready for the race. We have a good pit stall and this is just good.”

The Coca-Cola 600 will broadcast live on FOX and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 6 p.m. ET Sunday night.

Coca-Cola 600 Starting Lineup:
1.) #20 Matt Kenseth
2.) #22 Joey Logano
3.) #19 Carl Edwards
4.) #16 Greg Biffle
5.) #11 Denny Hamlin
6.) #2 Brad Keselowski
7.) #55 David Ragan
8.) #4 Kevin Harvick
9.) #42 Kyle Larson
10.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.
11.) #3 Austin Dillon
12.) #14 Tony Stewart
13.) #48 Jimmie Johnson
14.) #41 Kurt Busch
15.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
16.) #21 Ryan Blaney
17.) #18 Kyle Busch
18.) #24 Jeff Gordon
19.) #31 Ryan Newman
20.) #10 Danica Patrick
21.) #43 Aric Almirola
22.) #1 Jamie McMurray
23.) #27 Paul Menard
24.) #15 Clint Bowyer
25.) #95 Michael McDowell
26.) #8 Sam Hornish Jr.
27.) #6 Trevor Bayne
28.) #25 Chase Elliott
29.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
30.) #47 AJ Allmendinger
31.) #7 Alex Bowman
32.) #40 Landon Cassill
33.) #5 Kasey Kahne
34.) #13 Casey Meard
35.) #51 Justin Allgaier
36.) #46 Michael Annett
37.) #35 Cole Whitt
38.) #98 Josh Wise
39.) #38 David Gilliland
40.) #34 Brett Moffitt
41.) #23 JJ Yeley
42.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto
43.) #33 Alex Kennedy

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas

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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