Kansas NASCAR: Matt Kenseth beats Roush Fenway cars to pole

Matt Kenseth set a new track record at Kansas Speedway to claim pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race

Kansas NASCAR: Matt Kenseth beats Roush Fenway cars to pole

Kenseth put in a 28.145s lap in his Joe Gibbs Toyota to push the Roush Fenway Fords of Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr to second and third.

Practice pacesetter Edwards had only just knocked his team-mate off pole before Kenseth took top spot with the penultimate run of the session.

Sam Hornish Jr, making his first appearance in the Gen 6 car, was fourth fastest in his Penske Ford.

Kyle Busch will start fifth in the back-up Joe Gibbs Toyota after hitting the wall in practice.

Aric Almirola had been fastest for the first half of qualifying and will line up sixth ahead of Martin Truex Jr. Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer complete the top 10.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson could only manage 20th, just ahead of Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Defending champion Brad Keselowski struggled to 30th in practice but qualifying went even worse as he ended up 33rd fastest.

A mistake from Jeff Gordon meant he did not set a time, the four-time champion hitting the wall and damaging the rear of his Hendrick Chevrolet.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                     Time     Gap
 1.  Matt Kenseth         Joe Gibbs Toyota             28.145s
 2.  Carl Edwards         Roush Fenway Ford            28.162s  + 0.017s
 3.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr   Roush Fenway Ford            28.164s  + 0.019s
 4.  Sam Hornish Jr       Penske Ford                  28.213s  + 0.068s
 5.  Kyle Busch           Joe Gibbs Toyota             28.294s  + 0.149s
 6.  Aric Almirola        Petty Ford                   28.305s  + 0.160s
 7.  Martin Truex Jr      Waltrip Toyota               28.324s  + 0.179s
 8.  Mark Martin          Joe Gibbs Toyota             28.379s  + 0.234s
 9.  Ryan Newman          Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       28.388s  + 0.243s
10.  Clint Bowyer         Waltrip Toyota               28.401s  + 0.256s
11.  Greg Biffle          Roush Fenway Ford            28.411s  + 0.266s
12.  Paul Menard          Childress Chevrolet          28.454s  + 0.309s
13.  Kurt Busch           Furniture Row Chevrolet      28.491s  + 0.346s
14.  Jamie McMurray       Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  28.538s  + 0.393s
15.  Marcos Ambrose       Petty Ford                   28.542s  + 0.397s
16.  Brian Vickers        Joe Gibbs Toyota             28.544s  + 0.399s
17.  Tony Stewart         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       28.568s  + 0.423s
18.  Juan Pablo Montoya   Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  28.608s  + 0.463s
19.  Jeff Burton          Childress Chevrolet          28.620s  + 0.475s
20.  Jimmie Johnson       Hendrick Chevrolet           28.656s  + 0.511s
21.  Joey Logano          Penske Ford                  28.675s  + 0.530s
22.  Dale Earnhardt Jr    Hendrick Chevrolet           28.676s  + 0.531s
23.  Elliott Sadler       Joe Gibbs Toyota             28.724s  + 0.579s
24.  Danica Patrick       Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       28.758s  + 0.613s
25.  David Ragan          Front Row Ford               28.809s  + 0.664s
26.  Kasey Kahne          Hendrick Chevrolet           28.820s  + 0.675s
27.  David Gilliland      Front Row Ford               28.834s  + 0.689s
28.  Michael McDowell     Parsons Ford                 28.835s  + 0.690s
29.  Casey Mears          Germain Ford                 28.889s  + 0.744s
30.  David Reutimann      BK Toyota                    28.891s  + 0.746s
31.  Kevin Harvick        Childress Chevrolet          28.891s  + 0.746s
32.  Travis Kvapil        BK Toyota                    28.919s  + 0.774s
33.  Brad Keselowski      Penske Ford                  28.930s  + 0.785s
34.  Bobby Labonte        JTG Daugherty Toyota         28.945s  + 0.800s
35.  Mike Bliss           Humprey Smith Toyota         28.950s  + 0.805s
36.  Josh Wise            Front Row Ford               28.967s  + 0.822s
37.  Joe Nemechek         NEMCO-JRR Toyota             29.046s  + 0.901s
38.  Timmy Hill           FAS Lane Ford                29.081s  + 0.936s
39.  David Stremme        Swan Toyota                  29.087s  + 0.942s
40.  Landon Casill        Circle Sport Chevrolet       29.146s  + 1.001s
41.  JJ Yeley             Baldwin Chevrolet            29.160s  + 1.015s
42.  Regan Smith          Phoenix Chevrolet            29.230s  + 1.085s
43.  Jeff Gordon          Hendrick Chevrolet           No time

 Did not qualify: 

     Dave Blaney          Baldwin Chevrolet            29.378s  + 1.233s
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