But once again, the pole speed wasn’t the fastest speed in qualifying.
It was Tony Stewart, in the second round of qualifying reaching 200.111 mph and breaking the previous record of 198.282 mph, set by Kevin Harvick (in round 1) in April of this year.
This was Kenseth’s second series pole of the 2014 season, his thirteenth series career pole and his first series pole at the track in No Limits, Texas.
Starting second on the outside pole will be Jeff Gordon with a lap speed of 199.291 mph; followed by Jimmie Johnson (198.983 mph) starting third, Kurt Busch (198.910) fourth and Kevin Harvick (198.836) starts fifth.
After that “rocket” speed in round 2, Tony Stewart (198.508 mph) settled for the sixth starting position in round three, while Ryan Newman (198.508) starts seventh, Martin Truex, Jr. (198.398) eighth, Kyle Busch (198.333) ninth and Joey Logano (198.071) rounds out the top-ten starting positions.
With only 43 drivers attempting to fill the 43-car field, there was no one failing to make the starting lineup.
The teams will return to the track on Saturday for two more practice sessions beginning with a late morning practice from 11:00 am – 11:50 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and then their “Happy Hour” (final) session from 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 2).
The 10th annual AAA Texas 500 is slated to get underway approximately at 2:20 pm (ET) on Sunday, and ESPN will begin their televsion coverage with their 1:00 pm (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.
|AAA Texas 500 Qualifying Results|
|8||78||Martin Truex Jr.||27.262||27.172||27.218||-0.014|
|12||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||27.286||27.138||27.308||-0.041|
|Eliminated From Round 2|
|17||42||Kyle Larson #||27.162||27.224||Eliminated||-0.019|
|18||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||27.205||27.230||Eliminated||-0.006|
|Eliminated From Round 1|
|25||21||Trevor Bayne (i)||27.332||Eliminated||0.120|
|29||3||Austin Dillon #||27.462||Eliminated||-0.007|
|30||51||Justin Allgaier #||27.497||Eliminated||-0.035|
|33||7||Michael Annett #||27.586||Eliminated||-0.033|
|34||40||Landon Cassill (i)||27.587||Eliminated||-0.001|
|35||23||Alex Bowman #||27.599||Eliminated||-0.012|
|39||83||J.J. Yeley (i)||27.821||Eliminated||-0.184|
|40||26||Cole Whitt #||27.998||Eliminated||-0.177|
|43||32||Joey Gase (i)||28.476||Eliminated||-0.362|
# – Rookie
Gold – Chase Drivers
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series