Matt Kenseth won the 13th pole of his career Friday night but much of the attention was on Tony Stewart . Kenseth won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA 500 with a lap of 199.299 in the final round of Friday night’s three round knockout qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway. However, Stewart made history with a lap of 200.111 in the second session to become the first driver to run an average lap of over 200 miles per hour on a 1.5-mile track.
“It is always cool to be the first guy to be able to do anything,” Stewart said. “To be the first to run 200 mph average on a 1.5-mile is pretty cool.”
In the first 25 minute session, Kasey Kahne was the first out followed by Clint Bowyer . Kahne set a new track record, but it didn’t last long as Jimmie Johnson came out and set a fast lap of 199.734. AJ Allmendinger knocked out Chase contender Brad Keselowski with less than 7 minutes to go. Keselowski went out for second run to try to improve, but fell short of moving into the next round. He was the top name who failed to advance and will start 26th Sunday.
“That is unfortunate,” Keselowski said. “But there are 25 other guys out there that worked real hard and beat us so we will continue to work hard and try to be ready for the race.” MORE>>>