Kenseth poses with the trophy after winning the pole
position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto
race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.,
Thursday, May 21, 2015.
N.C. — Matt Kenseth is hoping history repeats itself
Sunday night at the Coca-Cola 600.
won his second Sprint Cup pole of the season Thursday
night for NASCAR's longest race. He turned in a dominating
lap of 194.252 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the
third round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format.
won the pole at Bristol in April and went on to win the
Food City 500 and hopes to carry that mojo over to race
doesn't really guarantee anything," Kenseth said.
"You can run over a rivet on the first lap and end up
Logano will start alongside Kenseth on the front row. Carl
Edwards was third, followed by Greg Biffle and Denny
champion Jimmie Johnson, a four-time winner of the
Coca-Cola 600, failed to reach the final round of
qualifying and will start 13th. In fact, all five of the
Hendrick Motorsports drivers didn't make it through the
second qualifying session.
Johnson is still considered one of the favorites to win.
won the Coca-Cola 600 four times, including last year when
he captured the checkered flag from the pole.
has never been Kenseth's biggest strength.
He has 15
career poles, compared to 32 Sprint Cup wins since joining
the circuit and earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2000.
think I've reached my quota for the year on poles,"
Kenseth said, laughing.
remains a special place for 43-year-old Kenseth.
to his first career Cup victory in the 2000 Coca-Cola 600.
600 is my favorite race on the circuit," Kenseth
said. "It is so challenging to run 600 miles and be
decent at the beginning and strong at the end."
was strong Thursday night.
his best qualifying effort ever at Charlotte, although
more than a second behind Kenseth at 192.836. He said he
was thrilled with the lap he ran until he got a look at
was an amazing lap there," Logano said. "You
hear second place and you're like, 'Ah, that's great —
cool.' And then you hear how far you're off his pace and
it's like, 'Oh, not even close.' So we have a little bit
of work to do."
barely made it through the first round of qualifying, but
his car got faster as qualifying went on.
was a good effort after where we ended up in
practice," Logano said. "It wasn't very
glamorous, that's for sure."
Toyotas will start in the top seven — Kenseth, Edwards,
Denny Hamlin and David Ragan.
Cup points leader Kevin Harvick will start eighth.
Gordon qualified 18th after a poor second-round effort.
car has speed in it," Gordon said. "I have to be
a little more aggressive with it."