Kansas City, KS (October 19, 2012) – With a fresh layer of asphalt on the 1.5-mile track of Kansas Speedway, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series teams shattered track records in Friday’s qualifying session for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. Roush Fenway Racing’s Matt Kenseth, and his No. 17 Zest team, earned the 12th starting position for Sunday afternoon’s sixth race of the Chase.
Sprint Cup teams came to Kansas Speedway earlier in the week for two days of testing in order to acclimate teams to the new surface. Handling during the test sessions was loose and even during Friday’s practice for the weekend, Kenseth told his team that he needed a bit more grip. Kenseth and his team worked on race trim for the start of the practice and then switched over to qualifying trim to do a few mock runs before the end of the session. Kenseth finished the practice eighth on the speed charts.
Qualifying began at 4:10pm CST Friday afternoon and Kenseth’s No. 17 Zest Ford was the 39th car to take to the track. Kenseth ran just one lap for qualifying and posted a fast lap time of 28.365 seconds (190.375 mph) which earned Kenseth the 12th starting spot for Sunday’s 267-lap event.
“We just missed it there,” said Kenseth after his qualifying lap. “We mocked up real well, but we were really tight in qualifying for some reason. I think we will be okay in race trim though, so we will go back at it tomorrow and the guys will work on it for Sunday.”
The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway will be televised on Sunday, October 21st starting at 1:00p.m. EST on ESPN, with radio coverage presented by the Motor Racing Network (MRN).