Fort Worth (November 4, 2012) – With only three races remaining in the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season, NASCAR’s top series traveled to Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend’s AAA Texas 500. Roush Fenway Racing’s Matt Kenseth enters the weekend as the driver with the most top five and top-ten finishes of all the active Cup series drivers. Kenseth earned the 10th starting position as he looks to add to those statistics this weekend at the 1.5-mile track.
Sprint Cup teams had one practice session Friday afternoon for 90 minutes. Kenseth and his team started out practice working on race trim set-ups before eventually switching over to qualifying trim. Kenseth’s No. 17 Ford was pretty good in race trim and just a little loose. Kenseth ended up seventh on the speed charts to end the first practice session of the weekend.
Qualifying took place Friday at 3:40pm CST and Kenseth was the 40th car to take to the track. Kenseth’s Ford EcoBoost Fusion posted a fast lap time of 28.502 seconds (189.460 mph) which placed him 10th for Sunday’s 334-lap race. Following his qualifying lap, Kenseth told his team that he had done all that he could, but that the No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Fusion was just too loose at the time. Team will have two more practice sessions Saturday afternoon to work on race settings.
The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway will be televised on Sunday, November 4th starting at 3:00pm EST on ESPN, with radio coverage presented by the Performance Racing Network (PRN).