Tony Stewart sets fastest qualifying speed ever on 1.5-mile track (200.111 mph), but Matt Kenseth wins pole at Texas

B1UH7bMCQAA4noYFriday evening at Texas Motor Speedway, it was Matt Kenseth – with a qualifying lap speed of 199.299 mph – capturing the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) AAA Texas 500.

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 kenseth-stewart199.291 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
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap
1 20 Matt Kenseth 27.158 27.087 27.095 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon 27.078 27.042 27.096 -0.001
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 27.036 27.169 27.138 -0.042
4 41 Kurt Busch 27.174 27.173 27.148 -0.010
5 4 Kevin Harvick 27.043 27.055 27.158 -0.010
6 14 Tony Stewart 27.100 26.985 27.203 -0.045
7 31 Ryan Newman 27.298 27.034 27.204 -0.001
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. 27.262 27.172 27.218 -0.014
9 18 Kyle Busch 27.286 27.051 27.227 -0.009
10 22 Joey Logano 27.069 27.168 27.263 -0.036
11 99 Carl Edwards 27.210 27.157 27.267 -0.004
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 27.286 27.138 27.308 -0.041
Eliminated From Round 2
13 55 Brian Vickers 27.196 27.184 Eliminated 0.124
14 5 Kasey Kahne 27.225 27.186 Eliminated -0.002
15 27 Paul Menard 27.327 27.202 Eliminated -0.016
16 9 Marcos Ambrose 27.231 27.205 Eliminated -0.003
17 42 Kyle Larson # 27.162 27.224 Eliminated -0.019
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 27.205 27.230 Eliminated -0.006
19 16 Greg Biffle 27.197 27.255 Eliminated -0.025
20 11 Denny Hamlin 27.216 27.304 Eliminated -0.049
21 1 Jamie McMurray 27.221 27.307 Eliminated -0.003
22 43 Aric Almirola 27.097 27.345 Eliminated -0.038
23 47 AJ Allmendinger 27.295 27.399 Eliminated -0.054
24 15 Clint Bowyer 27.330 27.452 Eliminated -0.053
Eliminated From Round 1
25 21 Trevor Bayne (i) 27.332 Eliminated 0.120
26 2 Brad Keselowski 27.386 Eliminated -0.054
27 10 Danica Patrick 27.436 Eliminated -0.050
28 95 Michael McDowell 27.455 Eliminated -0.019
29 3 Austin Dillon # 27.462 Eliminated -0.007
30 51 Justin Allgaier # 27.497 Eliminated -0.035
31 38 David Gilliland 27.500 Eliminated -0.003
32 36 Reed Sorenson 27.553 Eliminated -0.053
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
36 98 Josh Wise 27.621 Eliminated -0.022
37 34 David Ragan 27.629 Eliminated -0.008
38 13 Casey Mears 27.637 Eliminated -0.008
39 83 J.J. Yeley (i) 27.821 Eliminated -0.184
40 26 Cole Whitt # 27.998 Eliminated -0.177
41 66 Brett Moffitt 28.013 Eliminated -0.015
42 33 Travis Kvapil 28.114 Eliminated -0.101
43 32 Joey Gase (i) 28.476 Eliminated -0.362

# – Rookie
Gold – Chase Drivers
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

 

 

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