Matt Kenseth managed to edge out Brad Keselowski and Jimmy Johnson after three full rounds of knockout qualifying heats under the new NASCAR rules to capture his first pole of the year for tomorrow’s 18th Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Kenseth drove his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota to victory with a lap of 38.438 seconds (187.315 mph) to achieve his 12th pole in 513 career tries.
Keselowski will make his third consecutive front row start during Sunday’s 500 mile event at Auto Club Speedway.
“It was good, obviously. We unloaded and had some really good speed. We worked on race trim a little bit. It wasn’t driving quite like we hoped, but we did have some really good speed and that translated into qualifying trim,” stated Kenseth. “Crew chief Jason did a really good job the last two weeks of making good adjustments through the round and making it how we needed it for the last one. They gave me the car and really all I did was not mess it up, so they did a great job and glad we got it.”
The race consists of 200 laps run over the 2-mile long track, which features four-turns “banked from 14 degrees, while the front stretch (the location of the finish line). is banked at 11 degrees.