Charlotte NASCAR: Joe Gibbs Racing's Kenseth on pole at Charlotte

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth will start the first race of the second leg of NASCAR's Sprint Cup title Chase from pole

Charlotte NASCAR: Joe Gibbs Racing's Kenseth on pole at Charlotte

Kenseth claimed pole position for Saturday's 500-mile race at Charlotte with a time of 27.759 seconds in his Toyota.

It completes a set of two pole positions at the North Carolina track this year, and is Kenseth's fourth pole of 2015.

Kyle Busch was 0.198s behind Kenseth in the final phase of qualifying to make it an all-Joe Gibbs Racing front row.

Team-mates Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards - who won Charlotte's race in May - will start fifth and eighth.

Joey Logano and Greg Biffle will share an all-Ford second row, while Stewart-Haas Racing's Kurt Busch was the best of the Chevrolets in sixth.

Chase contenders Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Brad Keselowski will start in positions 10 through to 13.

Harvick, whose victory last weekend at Dover kept his Sprint Cup title hopes alive, topped practice at Charlotte earlier on Thursday.

Keselowski narrowly missed a place in the third and final phase of qualifying, having set an identical time, 28.181s, to Edwards in the second segment.

Edwards, though, progressed based on owner points.

Of the other Chase runners, Martin Truex Jr secured 15th via the same rule over Ryan Blaney, and Jeff Gordon will start 22nd.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.759s -
2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.957s 0.198s
3 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 27.976s 0.217s
4 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.987s 0.228s
5 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.992s 0.233s
6 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.036s 0.277s
7 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.051s 0.292s
8 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.061s 0.302s
9 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.092s 0.333s
10 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.119s 0.360s
11 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.211s 0.452s
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.328s 0.569s
13 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.181s -
14 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.183s -
15 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.264s -
16 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.264s -
17 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.286s -
18 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.299s -
19 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.349s -
20 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.356s -
21 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.364s -
22 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.429s -
23 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.475s -
24 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.631s -
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.436s -
26 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.449s -
27 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 28.538s -
28 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.626s -
29 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.644s -
30 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.647s -
31 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.749s -
32 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 28.825s -
33 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.839s -
34 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 28.843s -
35 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 28.844s -
36 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.915s -
37 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.941s -
38 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.942s -
39 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.023s -
40 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 29.066s -
41 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 29.158s -
42 Reed Sorenson Phil Parsons Racing Ford 29.318s -
43 Alex Kennedy Circle Sport Chevrolet 29.642s -
44 Josh Wise Go FAS Racing Ford 29.152s -
45 Timmy Hill Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 29.442s -


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