Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth earned his first pole of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season during knock-out qualifying at Auto Club Speedway on Friday, home of Sunday’s Auto Club 400. Kenseth put down a fast lap of 187.315 mph (38.438 seconds) to beat out Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski, who took the outside pole with a speed of 187.105 mph (38.481 seconds).
Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick make up Row Two, followed by Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon in Row Three. Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. complete the top 12. Truex Jr. will go to the back of the field after a practice accident forced him into his back-up car.
The Auto Club 400 goes green at noon PT on Sunday.
JGR’s Elliott Sadler claimed the pole for Saturday’s treatmyclot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway, only 0.010-seconds quicker than Kenseth. Sadler’s No. 11 SportClips Toyota Camry qualified at a speed of 176.991 mph (40.680 seconds), while Kenseth’s No. 20 GameStop/Turtle Beach Toyota qualified at 176.948 mph (40.690 seconds). JGR has won the last nine Nationwide Series races at Auto Club Speedway.
Ty Dillon and Logano make up Row Two, with Chase Elliott and Harvick in Row Three. Dylan Kwasniewski, Larson, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan, Regan Smith and James Buescher complete the top 12 in Nationwide Series qualifying.
The treatmyclot.com 300 gets underway Saturday at 2 p.m. PT.
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