Coca-Cola 600 pole belongs to Matt Kenseth

CFkgG_GW0AANPCaPowering his No. 20 ride at 194.252 mph, Matt Kenseth earned his second pole of the season on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will start first in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) NASCAR’s longest race and one of the sports’ crown jewels.

Starting alongside Kenseth is Joey Logano, whose qualifying speed of 192.836 mph put his No. 22 Team Penske Ford in the second spot for the 600-mile event.

Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards snagged the third starting position, with a fast lap of 192.733 mph. The No. 19 driver also topped the leaderboard in Thursday’s opening practice.

Coca-Cola 600 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Gap # Laps
1 20 Matt Kenseth 27.913 27.869 27.799 Leader 3
2 22 Joey Logano 28.281 28.074 28.003 -0.204 3
3 19 Carl Edwards 28.116 27.954 28.018 -0.015 3
4 16 Greg Biffle 28.131 28.080 28.092 -0.074 3
5 11 Denny Hamlin 28.175 28.070 28.124 -0.032 3
6 2 Brad Keselowski 28.000 28.088 28.142 -0.018 3
7 55 David Ragan 27.993 27.975 28.180 -0.038 3
8 4 Kevin Harvick 27.962 27.861 28.232 -0.052 3
9 42 Kyle Larson 28.157 28.117 28.233 -0.001 3
10 78 Martin Truex Jr. 28.178 28.063 28.373 -0.140 5
11 3 Austin Dillon 28.240 28.104 28.446 -0.073 5
12 14 Tony Stewart 28.045 27.932 29.124 -0.678 3
Eliminated From Round 2
13 48 Jimmie Johnson 28.257 28.165  Eliminated -0.233 2
14 41 Kurt Busch 28.131 28.167  Eliminated -0.002 2
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 28.205 28.171  Eliminated -0.004 4
16 21 Ryan Blaney (i) 28.183 28.174  Eliminated -0.003 2
17 18 Kyle Busch 28.076 28.209 Eliminated -0.035 4
18 24 Jeff Gordon 27.994 28.220  Eliminated -0.011 2
19 31 Ryan Newman 28.207 28.250  Eliminated -0.030 2
20 10 Danica Patrick 28.249 28.279  Eliminated -0.029 4
21 43 Aric Almirola 28.290 28.298  Eliminated -0.019 4
22 1 Jamie McMurray 28.116 28.332  Eliminated -0.034 2
23 27 Paul Menard 28.269 28.424  Eliminated -0.092 4
24 15 Clint Bowyer 28.293 29.394  Eliminated -0.970 2
Eliminated From Round 1
25 95 Michael McDowell 28.301 Eliminated -0.008 1
26 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 28.305 Eliminated -0.004 1
27 6 Trevor Bayne 28.332 Eliminated -0.027 1
28 25 Chase Elliott (i) 28.365 Eliminated -0.033 3
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 28.394 Eliminated -0.029 2
30 47 AJ Allmendinger 28.429 Eliminated -0.035 3
31 7 Alex Bowman 28.439 Eliminated -0.010 1
32 40 Landon Cassill (i) 28.444 Eliminated -0.005 1
33 5 Kasey Kahne 28.470 Eliminated -0.026 1
34 13 Casey Mears 28.528 Eliminated -0.058 1
35 51 Justin Allgaier 28.538 Eliminated -0.010 1
36 46 Michael Annett 28.564 Eliminated -0.026 1
37 35 Cole Whitt 28.590 Eliminated -0.026 1
38 98 Josh Wise 28.651 Eliminated -0.061 1
39 38 David Gilliland 28.724 Eliminated -0.073 3
40 34 Brett Moffitt # 29.060 Eliminated -0.336 1
41 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 29.078 Eliminated -0.018 3
42 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 29.184 Eliminated -0.106 1
43 33 Alex Kennedy 29.746 Eliminated -0.562 1
Did Not Qualify
44 26 Jeb Burton # 28.679 Eliminated 1.067 1
45 32 Mike Bliss(i) 28.894 Eliminated -0.215 1
46 39 Travis Kvapil 28.984 Eliminated -0.090 3
47 30 Jeff Green (i) 29.337 Eliminated -0.353 1
48 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 29.807 Eliminated -0.470 1

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

 

 

 

 

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