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Sponsorless for 2012, Kenseth wins pole

NASCAR Srpint Cup at Chicagoland
Saturday, September 17, 2011

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Though no championship points are awarded for qualifying, Matt Kenseth got a leg up on his competition in the Chase for the Sprint Cup during Saturday's time trials at Chicagoland Speedway.  It also helped him in trying to land a sponsor for 2012.  Convenient.

Kenseth also took the first step toward doing something no Ford driver has ever done -- win a Cup race at the 1.5-mile track. Kenseth toured the track at 183.243 mph (29.469 seconds) to edge Paul Menard (183.125 mph) for the top starting spot in Sunday's Geico 400.

The Coors Light pole award was Kenseth's second of the season and the sixth of his career.

Chase drivers completed the top five with Kurt Busch qualifying third at 183.032 mph, followed by Ryan Newman (183.007 mph) and Carl Edwards (182.914 mph), Kenseth's teammate at Roush Fenway Racing.

Other Chase drivers and their starting positions are Brad Keselowski (sixth), Kyle Busch (ninth), five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson (12th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (19th), Jeff Gordon (23rd), Tony Stewart (26th), Denny Hamlin (27th) and Kevin Harvick (30th).

Travis Kvapil, David Starr, Stephen Leicht and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 183.243 29.469 Leader
2 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Zecol / Menards 183.125 29.488 -0.019
3 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 183.032 29.503 -0.034
4 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army Medicine 183.007 29.507 -0.038
5 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac "Now Hiring" 182.914 29.522 -0.053
6 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 182.859 29.531 -0.062
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 182.648 29.565 -0.096
8 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 182.587 29.575 -0.106
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Wrigley's Doublemint 182.340 29.615 -0.146
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 182.309 29.620 -0.151
11 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kleenex Cool Touch / Clorox 182.223 29.634 -0.165
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 182.020 29.667 -0.198
13 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 181.879 29.690 -0.221
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 181.843 29.696 -0.227
15 6 David Ragan Ford UPS "We Love Logistics" 181.641 29.729 -0.260
16 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 181.500 29.752 -0.283
17 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 181.500 29.752 -0.283
18 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 181.409 29.767 -0.298
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 181.305 29.784 -0.315
20 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 181.287 29.787 -0.318
21 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 181.269 29.790 -0.321
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 181.269 29.790 -0.321
23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 181.165 29.807 -0.338
24 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 181.135 29.812 -0.343
25 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 181.074 29.822 -0.353
26 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 181.038 29.828 -0.359
27 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 180.729 29.879 -0.410
28 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 180.638 29.894 -0.425
29 00 David Reutimann Toyota Tums 180.602 29.900 -0.431
30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 180.523 29.913 -0.444
31 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 180.162 29.973 -0.504
32 38 J.J. Yeley Ford Long John Silver's 180.120 29.980 -0.511
33 66 Michael McDowell Toyota James Fund 180.060 29.990 -0.521
34 30 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 180.054 29.991 -0.522
35 46 Scott Speed Ford Red Line Oil 180.000 30.000 -0.531
36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 179.904 30.016 -0.547
37 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy / Mapei 179.766 30.039 -0.570
38 37 Josh Wise Ford Bradley University 179.188 30.136 -0.667
39 55 Travis Kvapil Ford Front Row Motorsports 179.164 30.140 -0.671
40 34 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 178.832 30.196 -0.727
41 195 David Starr Ford AdvoCare 178.725 30.214 -0.745
42 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Big Red 178.642 30.228 -0.759
43 71 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 178.583 30.238 -0.769
44 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 178.442 30.262 -0.793
45 135 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Luke & Associates 178.159 30.310 -0.841
46 32 Mike Bliss Ford Street King 178.141 30.313 -0.844
47 60 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Big Red 176.517 30.592 -1.123

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