The Frontstretch: Matt Kenseth wins the pole for Sunday's Banquet 400 by Nikki Krone -- Saturday October 8, 2005

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Matt Kenseth wins the pole for Sunday's Banquet 400

Nikki Krone · Saturday October 8, 2005


KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Matt Kenseth increased his chances of a victory on Sunday with his pole winning run on Saturday.  With a speed of 180.856 -- a new track record -- Kenseth took the top spot from Elliott Sadler to earn his third career pole and his second this season.

Sadler, who was fastest in final practice, qualified second, followed by two-time Kansas winner, Jeff Gordon.  Scott Wimmer, who has been impressive here all weekend, will roll off fourth, and Columbia, Missouri native, Carl Edwards, rounds out the top-five.

Another driver who has been impressive all weekend is sixth place starter, Kevin Lepage.  Denny Hamlin, who is making his NEXTEL Cup Series debut behind the wheel of the No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet, will start seventh -- this after wrecking in qualifying.  Eighth is Greg Biffle, followed by Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch.

This puts six Fords and four of the Roush Fords in the top-10.

The remaining lineup is as follows:

11-20: Newman, Green, Marlin, Mayfield, M. Wallace, Nemechek, Vickers, Ash, Martin, Harvick.

21-30: Kyle Busch, Johnson, Petty, Schrader, Hamilton Jr. Blaney, Jones, Bliss, Rudd, McMurray.

31-40: Jarrett, Said, R. Wallace, Mears, T. Labonte, Waltrip, Kvapil, Earnhardt Jr., Burton.

41-43: Riggs, Kahne (wreck in qualifying), Kirby.

DNQ: R. Gordon, C. Long, W. Anderson, T. Raines, E. McClure, G. Sacks.

Sunday's Banquet 400 NEXTEL Cup Series race can be seen live on NBC.

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