NASCAR Kansas 2013 qualifying results: Kenseth speeds to pole; Gordon wrecks

Jamie Squire

Matt Kenseth set a new track record in winning the pole for Sunday's NASCAR race, while Jeff Gordon will start last due to a hard crash.

Matt Kenseth has never been considered a great qualifier, but on a fast Kansas Speedway oval due to a recent repave and where the track record had already fallen twice, it was Kenseth who came out ahead in qualifying for Sunday's STP 400 with a lap of 191.864 mph.

"It's probably the fastest track we go to all year," Kenseth said. "I just wasn't really expecting it. ... To run that kind of lap felt good. You're the second-to-last car to go out and then go out and jump over top of them guys was pretty fun."

Having joined Joe Gibbs Racing in the offseason, Kenseth toppled a pair of former Roush Fenway Racing teammates in Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to win just his ninth career pole in what will be his 480th Sprint Cup Series start.

Edwards, from nearby Columbia, Mo., is looking to win his first race at the place he considers his home track. While he we was disappointed not to score the pole, he is already looking ahead to Sunday and is optimistic about his chances.

"Man, I really wanted to be on the pole," Edwards said. "This car is fast. ... This is a cool track. To win here would be huge.

"I just want to win this race. That's it."

The qualifying session was marred by a hard wreck when Jeff Gordon's car broke loose and back into the Turn 2 wall. He was uninjured in the incident, but the four-time Cup champion will have to start 43rd -- the worst starting position of his career.

"For a second I thought I was going to save it," Gordon said. "I lit the tires up to keep it from hitting too hard and now we have a car and an engine that are pretty much done. It's been a while since I wrecked qualifying."

Joe Nemechek was the only driver who failed to qualify.

Complete STP 400 Starting Lineup at Kansas Speedway:

1.) Matt Kenseth

2.) Carl Edwards

3.) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

4.) Sam Hornish Jr.

5.) Kyle Busch

6.) Aric Almirola

7.) Martin Truex Jr.

8.) Mark Martin

9.) Ryan Newman

10.) Clint Bowyer

11.) Greg Biffle

12.) Paul Menard

13.) Kurt Busch

14.) Jamie McMurray

15.) Marcos Ambrose

16.) Brian Vickers

17.) Kevin Harvick

18.) Tony Stewart

19.) Juan Pablo Montoya

20.) Jeff Burton

21.) Jimmie Johnson

22.) Joey Logano

23.) Dale Earnhardt Jr.

24.) Elliott Sadler

25.) Danica Patrick

26.) David Ragan

27.) Kasey Kahne

28.) David Gilliland

29.) Michael McDowell

30.) Casey Mears

31.) David Reutimann

32.) Travis Kvapil

33.) Brad Keselowski

34.) Bobby Labonte

35.) Mike Bliss

36.) Josh Wise

37.) Timmy Hill

38.) David Stremme

39.) Landon Cassill

40.) J.J. Yeley

41.) Regan Smith

42.) Dave Blaney

43.) Jeff Gordon

DNQ: Joe Nemechek

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