Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Joe Gibbs Racing swept the front starting
row for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400, with Kyle Busch winning the pole and
Matt Kenseth placing second in qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.
Busch posted a lap in Friday's qualifying at 193.723 mph for his third pole of
the season and the 13th of his Sprint Cup Series career. It's also the first
time he's won a pole for a restrictor-plate race (Daytona and Talladega) in
any one of NASCAR's three national touring series.
Kenseth's lap was clocked at 193.299 mph. He claimed his series-leading fourth
win of the season last weekend at Kentucky.
Clint Bowyer from Michael Waltrip Racing qualified third to give Toyota the
top-three starting positions. Kasey Kahne, in a Chevrolet, took the fourth
spot, while Bowyer's teammate, Martin Truex Jr., completed the top-five.
Paul Menard, Michael Waltrip, Jimmie Johnson, who won the Daytona 500 in
February, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle qualified sixth through 10th
Danica Patrick will start 11th. Patrick became the first female to start on
the pole for a race in NASCAR's top series earlier this year when she won
qualifying for the Daytona 500.
All 43 drivers who attempted qualifying made the starting field for Saturday's
400-mile race at Daytona, which is scheduled to start just after 7:30 p.m. ET.
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