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NASCAR Kansas 2016 qualifying results: Matt Kenseth fastest, Toyota sweeps top 4 positions

An all Toyota front row will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.

Picking up where it left off in the spring when NASCAR last visited Kansas Speedway in May, Toyota swept qualifying Friday with its drivers taking the top-four positions for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400.

Matt Kenseth (192.089 mph) led the Toyota route with Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch (192.082 mph) and Carl Edwards (191.015 mph) second and third, respectively. Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr., whose team shares a close technical alliance with JGR, qualified fourth.

It was Kenseth's first pole of the season and 18th of his career. He is a two-time winner at the 1.5-mile Kansas track.

"It's great having such talented teammates and other crew chiefs in the stable and everything," Kenseth said. "It also stinks at times because it's really, really hard to beat them."

Truex led 172 of 267 laps at Kansas in May, but his bid for victory ended when a bracket behind the right-front wheel broke during a late pit stop causing the tire to shake. Busch would lead the final 37 laps to score his third victory of the season.

"There were a couple of guys that were fast in May that I'm sure we'll have to contend with this time around," Busch said. "It's just a testament to Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota to be able to do what we've done and have three of them Joe Gibbs in the front three spots, and then Martin Truex there in fourth, that was really good."

Alex Bowman in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet qualified fifth, the highest among the non-Toyotas. Two-time defending race winner Joey Logano starts his Team Penske Ford sixth. Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman and AJ Allmendinger completed the top 10.

Chase Elliott (qualified 13th), Kurt Busch (15th) and Jimmie Johnson (21st) were the only drivers of the 12 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup failing to advance to the third and final qualifying round.

Johnson won the opening event of the three-race quarterfinal playoff round last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He is guaranteed to transfer to the semifinal round regardless of what happens Sunday or Oct. 23 at Talladega Superspeedway.

"I don't want to fall back on the fact we are locked in," Johnson said. "We need to qualify toward the front. ... We need to get qualifying under control. I need to get better at it.

"We are not taking it lightly that we qualified 21st, but I'm not too concerned about it. I am better at racing, than I am at running a single lap."


Position Driver Make Speed
1 Matt Kenseth Toyota 192.089
2 Kyle Busch Toyota 192.082
3 Carl Edwards Toyota 191.015
4 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota 190.786
5 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 190.315
6 Joey Logano Ford 190.221
7 Denny Hamlin Toyota 190.188
8 Brad Keselowski Ford 190.087
9 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 189.927
10 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 189.840
11 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 189.580
12 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 189.567
13 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 189.954
14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 189.940
15 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 189.773
16 Paul Menard Chevrolet 189.760
17 Ryan Blaney Ford 189.540
18 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Ford 189.387
19 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 189.241
20 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 189.201
21 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 188.976
22 Greg Biffle Ford 188.930
23 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 188.094
24 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 186.034
25 Trevor Bayne Ford 188.376
26 Regan Smith Chevrolet 187.669
27 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 187.578
28 David Ragan Toyota 187.513
29 Casey Mears Chevrolet 187.441
30 Chris Buescher Ford 187.331
31 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 187.246
32 Brian Scott Ford 186.819
33 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 186.419
34 Landon Cassill Ford 185.052
35 Aric Almirola Ford 184.824
36 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 183.163
37 Michael Annett Chevrolet 181.898
38 Joey Gase Ford 180.560
39 Reed Sorenson Toyota 180.403
40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 179.850