Matt Kenseth On Pole For Bank Of America 500 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Matt Kenseth On Pole For Bank Of America 500 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

by October 8, 2015 0 comments

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CONCORD, N.C. – Matt Kenseth earned his fourth pole of the 2015 season on Thursday night during Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kenseth’s pole winning lap for the Bank of America 500 was 27.759 seconds at 194.532 mph. The Wisconsin native only has two poles at the speedway. The last time he started on the on the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway was during the Coca-Cola 600 back in May. Thursday’s effort marks Kenseth’s 17th career pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“It worked out, these guys brought me a lot of speed in our Dollar General Camry today and I was able to get three really good laps in and they made good adjustments,” Kenseth said. “Had it where we needed it there at the end. Proud of the guys, people always say, but they’ve been working really hard to give us good stuff and to keep trying to improve our stuff throughout the Chase. We can’t really rest on what we had four of five weeks ago, we have to keep making these things better to try to run with the best guys down the stretch. They’ve been doing that and we obviously have some speed, we just need to get it driving good tomorrow for Saturday.”

Starting second in Saturday‘s Bank of America 500 is Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Kyle Busch. He has 14 top-10 starts this season, and in 24 starts at the speedway, he has started within the top-10 in half of them. Kyle Busch has never won at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best finish is second, that he earned in 2010 and 2011.

“Our mindset is pretty good,” Busch said. “We like coming to Charlotte, this is certainly a good track for me and has been over the years. Look forward to Saturday night being another good night for us. Obviously, coming off the truck, having good speed and making some race runs and then putting on some tires and making some qualifying runs today. Just kind of worked on the balance of our race car and it was fine. We ended a little early so we didn’t post a quick lap later in the session where the track got a little bit better. We were behind in times there, but knew we had a good piece and Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and the guys ended up making some good adjustments for qualifying there and again showed that we were a contender for the pole and our teammate there got it from us.

Team Penske’s Joey Logano will start third. Logano has also never won at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best finish is a third that came back during the 2012 season. Thursday’s effort marked Logano’s 23rd top-10 start in 30 races so far this season. He has four career top-10 starts at the speedway.

“It’s a lot of fun qualifying here at Charlotte,” Logano said. “You’re just on the gas so much and there’s so much grip when the sun goes down that you don’t really fall off in speed with the different runs for some reason, so it’s a lot of fun driving the Shell/Pennzoil Ford. We had a really good one and two, I thought, and just got a little bit tight in three and four and couldn’t quite continue to turn through the two-thirds point in the corner and the exit, so I felt like I lost some there. I don’t know if I had two-tenths there, so that’s the part I’ve got to look at a little bit deeper and try to figure out and work with our team, but, overall, we’re doing what we’ve got to do. We want to start first, obviously, but third is a good starting spot. We’ll have a good pit stall for that reason. Five hundred is a long time, but it’s still nice having a good starting spot here.”

Roush Fenway Racing’s Greg Biffle will start fourth on Thursday, followed by Denny Hamlin. Rounding out the top-10 is Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Aric Almirola and Ryan Newman.

Coverage for the Bank of America 500 will broadcast live on NBC and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 10.

Bank of America 500 Starting Lineup:

1.) #20 Matt Kenseth

2.) #18 Kyle Busch

3.) #22 Joey Logano

4.) #16 Greg Biffle

5.) #11 Denny Hamlin

6.) #41 Kurt Busch

7.) #48 Jimmie Johnson

8.) #19 Carl Edwards

9.) #43 Aric Almirola

10.) #31 Ryan Newman

11.) #4 Kevin Harvick

12.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

13.) #2 Brad Keselowski

14.) #3 Austin Dillon

15.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.

16.) #21 Ryan Blaney

17.) #47 AJ Allmendinger

18.) #9 Sam Hornish Jr.

19.) #55 David Ragan

20.) #5 Kasey Kahne

21.) #13 Casey Mears

22.) #24 Jeff Gordon

23.) #15 Clint Bowyer

24.) #10 Danica Patrick

25.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

26.) #27 Paul Menard

27.) #7 Alex Bowman

28.) #51 Justin Allgaier

29.) #38 David Gilliland

30.) #1 Jamie McMurray

31.) #42 Kyle Larson

32.) #95 Michael McDowell

33.) #6 Trevor Bayne

34.) #40 Landon Cassill

35.) #26 JJ Yeley

36.) #14 Tony Stewart

37.) #34 Brett Moffitt

38.) #46 Michael Annett

39.) #35 Cole Whitt

40.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto

41.) #23 Jeb Burton

42.) #98 Reed Sorenson

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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