Matt Kenseth continued the Joe Gibbs Racing hot streak Friday putting down a pole-winning lap of 197.488 mph around the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway. It was Kenseth’s 16th career pole his third of the season and his first at Michigan. The top spot gives the four-car JGR stable its fourth pole in the last five races with four of those races being won by a Gibbs Toyota, Kyle Busch has three wins and Kenseth won two weeks ago at Pocono. Kenseth said he was surprised that he was the one who put down the fastest lap of the day.
“We were a long ways off Carl (Edwards) in practice and I don’t even know what changes they made, but they changed a lot of stuff that really woke this thing up and had some speed,” Kenseth said. “I knew I got through (turns) one and two good, but Denny (Hamlin) put up such a fast lap and I got into three and I was bound and determined that I was going to make it wide open. I had the first half of the corner, it was the second half that was starting to get exciting. I got sliding up the track and bogged down a little bit. I wasn’t sure that we were going have it.”
Denny Hamlin, another JGR Toyota will start second, with Carl Edwards who won two of the last five pole starting third; Kyle Busch who won three consecutive races leading up to Pocono will start sixth. MORE>>>
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