Matt Kenseth set a track record with a qualifying lap at 130.334 mph at Richmond International Raceway. He will start Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from the pole.
RICHMOND, Va. — Matt Kenseth didn’t wait long to get his pole award back.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who was stripped of his pole award from last week at Kansas in a raft of penalties levied by NASCAR this week, set a track record with a lap at 130.334 mph Friday at Richmond International Raceway.
Kenseth edged JGR teammate Brian Vickers by 0.005 seconds to claim the 10th top starting position of his career in 481 Sprint Cup Series starts. Vickers is filling in for injured driver Denny Hamlin.
“When you only win nine poles in 14 years, you’re pretty darned fired up for all of them,” Kenseth said. “For sure, that was one of our goals for this weekend was to come here, sit on the pole and kind of quiet down at least part of the noise.”
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