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Matt Kenseth Captures Bank of America 500 Pole

Matt Kenseth reeled off the fastest lap in the third round of qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway to take the pole for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500, the fourth for Kenseth this year and the 17th of his career. Kenseth’s lap time of 27.759 seconds edged teammate Kyle Busch’s 17.957 by less than two tenths of a second.  Joey Logano will roll off third after improving his series-best average finish among active drivers. Greg Biffle wound up fourth and Denny Hamlin rounds out the top 5.  The rest of the top 12 include Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Several drivers went out late in the first round and took advantage of a rapidly cooling track to make the top 24 and the second round, including Danica Patrick, Sam Hornish, Jr., Ryan Blaney, Carl Edwards, and Jimmie Johnson.  Both Paul Menard and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. tried to beat the clock for a final lap but didn’t cross the stripe in time.

All 12 of the remaining Chase drivers made the top 24, with Kenseth showing the top speed of the session, but three –Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex, Jr. and Brad Keselowski – will start lower than 12th as they missed the final cut.

Josh Wise and Timmy Hill failed to make the field for the race.

Bank of America 500 Starting Lineup

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Amy is a 15-year veteran writer and a five-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. Amy pens The Big 6 (Mondays) Frontstretch 5 (Wednesdays) and Holding A Pretty Wheel (monthly - Fridays). A New Hampshire native living in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits extend everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports.

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    Johnson doesn’t have to points race. He could win the next 7 races.

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    Tony misses pole by 11mph. Maybe Clint is available sooner?