Matt Kenseth’s lap time 46.781 seconds at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday was good enough to earn him the pole for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track.
“Our lap was, obviously, a good one,” Kenseth said. “It was faster than the rest. I had very little to do with it, so qualifying at the speedway races is all aobut the car and the engine, and those guys did a spectacular job at Roush all year long, really, in preparing our speedway cars.”
Tony Stewart posted the second-fastest lap time during the qualifying session, but his time was disallowed by NASCAR, resulted in a 42nd-place starting spot. Instead, his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Ryan Newman will start alongside Kenseth on the front row Saturday, after posting the second-fastes allowed lap time of 46.789 seconds.
“This is the closest I’ve been to a restrictor plate pole in my career, which is over 10 years,” Newman said. “So that’s a pretty big deal for me, personally.”
Below, is the official starting lineup for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400, scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET: