Kenseth claims pole for Cup decider

Kenseth claims pole for Cup decider

Cup Series

Kenseth claims pole for Cup decider


NASCAR Sprint Cup title contender Matt Kenseth will start from pole position for the 2013 championship decider at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kenseth needs a minor miracle in Sunday’s race as he trails leader Jimmie Johnson by 28 points following a poor performance at Phoenix a week ago. But he did everything he could on qualifying day by putting the Joe Gibbs Toyota on pole with a lap 0.038 second quicker than early provisional polesitter Kurt Busch in the Furniture Row Chevrolet.

Johnson qualified seventh, just behind long-shot title prospect Kevin Harvick. Penske duo Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski fill row two, with Kenseth’s teammate Denny Hamlin completing the top five.

Future Stewart-Haas teammates Busch and Harvick are among several drivers making their final starts with their current employers at Homestead.

Martin Truex Jr., who will replace Busch at Furniture Row next year, was the fastest Waltrip driver in eighth. IndyCar-bound Juan Pablo Montoya qualified 27th for what is likely to be his final NASCAR start.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                     Time     Gap 1.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota             30.394s 2.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet      30.432s  +0.038s 3.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford                  30.460s  +0.066s 4.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                  30.498s  +0.104s 5.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota             30.535s  +0.141s 6.  Kevin Harvick       Childress Chevrolet          30.568s  +0.174s 7.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet           30.578s  +0.184s 8.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota               30.606s  +0.212s 9.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford            30.606s  +0.212s10.  Elliott Sadler      Waltrip Toyota               30.610s  +0.216s11.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota             30.620s  +0.226s12.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet          30.620s  +0.226s13.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet           30.629s  +0.235s14.  Jeff Burton         Childress Chevrolet          30.726s  +0.332s15.  Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       30.729s  +0.335s16.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford            30.736s  +0.342s17.  Trevor Bayne        Wood Brothers Ford           30.768s  +0.374s18.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford            30.781s  +0.387s19.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                   30.791s  +0.397s20.  Kyle Larson         Phoenix Chevrolet            30.795s  +0.401s21.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet           30.796s  +0.402s22.  Mark Martin         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       30.809s  +0.415s23.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                   30.838s  +0.444s24.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       30.841s  +0.447s25.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota               30.896s  +0.502s26.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet           30.926s  +0.532s27.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  30.939s  +0.545s28.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  30.976s  +0.582s29.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford               30.978s  +0.584s30.  Parker Kligerman    Swan Toyota                  31.183s  +0.789s31.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford               31.196s  +0.802s32.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                    31.293s  +0.899s33.  Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                    31.343s  +0.949s34.  Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford                 31.348s  +0.954s35.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford               31.387s  +0.993s36.  AJ Allmendinger     JTG Daugherty Toyota         31.444s  +1.050s37.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet            31.447s  +1.053s38.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet            31.599s  +1.205s39.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet       31.675s  +1.281s40.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                 31.736s  +1.342s41.  Ken Schrader        FAS Lane Ford                31.742s  +1.348s42.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota                 31.799s  +1.405s43.  Tony Raines         Hillman Chevrolet            32.300s  +1.906s