NASCAR Daytona Starting Lineup 2012 (UPDATED): Matt Kenseth Leads Coke Zero 400 Qualifying

Matt Kenseth returned to the scene of his Daytona 500 victory on Friday and showed he has plenty of restrictor-plate power again, winning the pole position for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

The pole was Kenseth's first pole of the season – which will lock him into next season's Daytona Shootout – and his first since the fall Phoenix race last year.

But Kenseth doesn't often win the pole; Friday's achievement was only the eighth of Kenseth's 13-year NASCAR career.

A pair of Stewart-Haas Racing teammates were next – Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman – and Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.

UPDATE: Tony Stewart has failed post-qualifying inspection and will have to start the Coke Zero 400 at the rear of the field. His qualifying time was disallowed due to an open cooling hose in the cockpit (which is capable of providing an aerodynamic advantage).

Stewart had qualified second before the penalty.

Here's the starting lineup for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway:
  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. Ryan Newman
  3. Kasey Kahne
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Bill Elliott
  7. Casey Mears
  8. AJ Allmendinger
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Marcos Ambrose
  11. Kevin Harvick
  12. Carl Edwards
  13. Paul Menard
  14. Juan Pablo Montoya
  15. Trevor Bayne
  16. Jimmie Johnson
  17. Aric Almirola
  18. Martin Truex Jr.
  19. Joey Logano
  20. Jeff Burton
  21. Mike Bliss
  22. Kyle Busch
  23. Denny Hamlin
  24. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  25. Regan Smith
  26. David Stremme
  27. David Ragan
  28. Michael Waltrip
  29. Clint Bowyer
  30. Jamie McMurray
  31. Josh Wise
  32. David Gilliland
  33. Dave Blaney
  34. Terry Labonte
  35. Kurt Busch
  36. Joe Nemechek
  37. Stephen Leicht
  38. Landon Cassill
  39. David Reutimann
  40. Travis Kvapil
  41. Bobby Labonte
  42. Tony Stewart (was second)
  43. JJ Yeley
DNQ: Robert Richardson Jr.
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