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Kenseth wins Coke Zero Pole

NASCAR Sprint Cup at Daytona
Saturday, July 07, 2012

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Matt Kenseth
Roush Fenway Racing continued its recent dominance at Daytona International Speedway, with Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  winning the poles for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events. Roush Fenway has now swept both Sprint Cup poles at Daytona in 2012. Kenseth will look to become the first driver in 30 years to win both Sprint Cup events at DIS in the same season, while Stenhouse Jr. looks to become the first RFR driver to win a NNS race at Daytona.   

Kenseth turned a fast lap of 46.78 (192.386 mph) around the 2.5-mile tri-oval to win the pole. Stenhouse turned a lap of 50.775 (177.253 mph) to capture Roush Fenway’s first Nationwide Series pole at Daytona.  RFR has now won both Sprint Cup poles, swept the Daytona 500 front row, won a Gatorade Duel qualifying race and captured the Daytona 500 this season at DIS. Kenseth has now won the Daytona 500, the Gatorade Duel and the Coke Zero pole in 2012. 

Greg Biffle qualified fifth for the Sprint Cup race, with Carl Edwards turning in the 13th fastest time. Roush Fenway driver Trevor Bayne – driving the No. 21 Wood Brothers’ Ford – qualified 16th for Saturday nights event.   

The time marked RFR’s fourth Sprint Cup pole in 2012. It was the organization’s fourth pole in Sprint Cup action at Daytona.  Tonight’s nationwide race is set for 7:00 p.m. EDT and will be televised live on ESPN. Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised live on TNT.

Lineup

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Zest 192.386 46.781 Leader
2 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Aspen Dental 192.353 46.789 -0.008
3 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 192.291 46.804 -0.023
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 192.139 46.841 -0.060
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi Max 192.061 46.860 -0.079
6 50 Bill Elliott Chevrolet Walmart 192.012 46.872 -0.091
7 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 191.934 46.891 -0.110
8 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 191.894 46.901 -0.120
9 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 191.857 46.910 -0.129
10 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 191.824 46.918 -0.137
11 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 191.799 46.924 -0.143
12 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 191.710 46.946 -0.165
13 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 191.681 46.953 -0.172
14 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 191.579 46.978 -0.197
15 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 191.497 46.998 -0.217
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 191.477 47.003 -0.222
17 43 Aric Almirola Ford U.S. Air Force 191.270 47.054 -0.273
18 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Batteries 191.245 47.060 -0.279
19 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 191.229 47.064 -0.283
20 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 191.095 47.097 -0.316
21 98 Mike Bliss Ford Phil Parsons Racing 190.986 47.124 -0.343
22 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 190.945 47.134 -0.353
23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 190.921 47.140 -0.359
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard 'An American Salute' / Diet Mountain Dew 190.848 47.158 -0.377
25 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 190.718 47.190 -0.409
26 30 David Stremme Toyota Stock Car Steel and Aluminum 190.666 47.203 -0.422
27 34 David Ragan Ford MHP / 8 Hour Alert 190.617 47.215 -0.434
28 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 190.597 47.220 -0.439
29 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 190.557 47.230 -0.449
30 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum 190.553 47.231 -0.450
31 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 190.174 47.325 -0.544
32 38 David Gilliland Ford Glory Foods 190.134 47.335 -0.554
33 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 190.118 47.339 -0.558
34 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy 190.046 47.357 -0.576
35 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 189.994 47.370 -0.589
36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 189.673 47.450 -0.669
37 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 188.719 47.690 -0.909
38 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 188.683 47.699 -0.918
39 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet CarportEmpire.com / TMone.com Call Centers in America 188.549 47.733 -0.952
40 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 187.939 47.888 -1.107
41 47 Bobby Labonte+ Toyota Kingsford 186.505 48.256 -1.475
42 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 - - -
43 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota Jay Robinson Inc. 187.021 48.123 -1.342
DNQ 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota - - - -

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