Kenseth's Kansas Pole

Matt Kenseth strengthened his chances to take his second Nextel Cup championship by taking pole position for Sunday's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway

Kenseth's Kansas Pole

Kenseth just edged out Elliott Sadler for pole position, with Jeff Gordon third fastest just ahead of Scott Wimmer and championship contender Carl Edwards. Kevin LePage and Denny Hamlin put in stronger performances than usual to line up next in sixth and seventh.

Next up are four Chasers, with Greg Biffle, points leader Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman filling eighth to eleventh places at the start.

Worst placed of the Chasers after qualifying is Rusty Wallace, who will start the race from 33rd position. However, he is not the only front runner near the rear of the field, with Jamie McMurray starting 30th, last week's winner Dale Jarrett 31st, Dale Earnhardt Jr 38th and Kasey Kahne 42nd.

Qualifying, Banquet 400, Kansas Speedway:

Pos Driver Make Speed 1. Matt Kenseth Ford 180.856 Chase 2. Elliott Sadler Ford 180.717 3. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 180.469 4. Scott Wimmer Dodge 180.463 5. Carl Edwards Ford 180.415 Chase 6. Kevin Lepage Ford 180.373 7. Denny Hamlin Chevrolet 180.301 8. Greg Biffle Ford 179.916 Chase 9. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 179.850 Chase 10. Kurt Busch Ford 179.641 Chase 11. Ryan Newman Dodge 179.480 Chase 12. Jeff Green Dodge 179.462 13. Sterling Marlin Dodge 179.438 14. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 179.366 Chase 15. Mike Wallace Chevrolet 179.301 16. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 179.271 17. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 179.021 18. Brandon Ash Dodge 179.015 19. Mark Martin Ford 178.974 Chase 20. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 178.968 21. Kyle Busch Chevrolet 178.944 22. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 178.855 Chase 23. Kyle Petty Dodge 178.832 24. Ken Schrader Dodge 178.713 25. Bobby Hamilton Jr Chevrolet 178.619 26. Dave Blaney Chevrolet 178.512 27. P.J. Jones Dodge 178.447 28. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 178.430 29. Ricky Rudd Ford 178.241 30. Jamie McMurray Dodge 178.206 31. Dale Jarrett Ford 178.118 32. Boris Said Chevrolet 178.118 33. Rusty Wallace Dodge 178.018 Chase 34. Casey Mears Dodge 178.006 35. Terry Labonte Chevrolet 177.860 36. Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 177.737 37. Travis Kvapil Dodge 177.702 38. Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 177.515 39. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 177.154 40. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 176.511 41. Scott Riggs Chevrolet 175.650 42. Kasey Kahne Dodge - - - 43. Stuart Kirby Chevrolet 177.690 
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