Kenseth captures the Coke Zero 400 pole at Daytona

[media-credit name=”David Yeazell” align=”alignright” width=”236″][/media-credit]Daytona, FL. – Matt Kenseth captured the pole for Saturday nights Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway with a lap of 192.386 mph, 46.781 seconds.

“Our lap was obviously a good one.  It was faster than the rest.  I had very little to do with it, so qualifying at the speedway races is all about the car and the engine and those guys did a spectacular job at Roush all year long really in preparing our speedway cars.” Hamlin said.

The Daytona 500 winner is trying to become the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep the season races at Daytona.

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“Yeah, that would be pretty cool.  I never thought, especially early in my career with speedway racing I didn’t feel I was particularly good at it.” Kenseth said about tying Allison. “So certainly I think for our team and everything our confidence is high, but this race is still kind of a crapshoot. You’re never sure exactly what’s gonna happen.”

Tony Stewart qualified second with a lap of lap was 192.361 mph but his time was disallowed.  NASCAR said an open cooling hose was found pointed inside the cockpit.  Stewart will start 42nd.

“You asked me if I did anything different, I said ‘I held it wide open.’ You asked if they did anything special I said ‘yeah, they gave me full throttle this time.’ So my reward is I get a Coke Zero for this. That is well worth holding it wide open for.” Stewart said when he was asked what they did to his car.

Ryan Newman qualified second, Kasey Kahne third, Greg Biffle fourth and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-5.

Denny Hamlin, who is having back spasms, qualified his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota 24th and is not planning on having any driver stand-by.

Starting Lineup
Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 192.386 46.781
2 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 192.353 46.789
3 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 192.291 46.804
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 192.139 46.841
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 192.061 46.86
6 50 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 192.012 46.872
7 13 Casey Mears Ford 191.934 46.891
8 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 191.894 46.901
9 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 191.857 46.91
10 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 191.824 46.918
11 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 191.799 46.924
12 99 Carl Edwards Ford 191.71 46.946
13 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 191.681 46.953
14 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 191.579 46.978
15 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 191.497 46.998
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 191.477 47.003
17 43 Aric Almirola Ford 191.27 47.054
18 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 191.245 47.06
19 20 Joey Logano Toyota 191.229 47.064
20 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 191.095 47.097
21 98 Mike Bliss Ford 190.986 47.124
22 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 190.945 47.134
23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 190.921 47.14
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 190.848 47.158
25 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 190.718 47.19
26 30 David Stremme Toyota 190.666 47.203
27 34 David Ragan Ford 190.617 47.215
28 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 190.597 47.22
29 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 190.557 47.23
30 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 190.553 47.231
31 26 Josh Wise* Ford 190.174 47.325
32 38 David Gilliland Ford 190.134 47.335
33 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 190.118 47.339
34 32 Terry Labonte Ford 190.046 47.357
35 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 189.994 47.37
36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 189.673 47.45
37 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 188.719 47.69
38 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 188.683 47.699
39 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 188.549 47.733
40 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 187.939 47.888
41 47 Bobby Labonte+ Toyota 186.505 48.256
42 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
43 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 187.021 48.123

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