The pole was won by Matt Kenseth with a time of 28.145 seconds/191.864 mph around the 1.5 track. The outside front row belongs to Columbia, Missouri native Carl Edwards with a time of 28.162 seconds/191.748 mph. The top-4 qualifiers broke the track record in qualifier.
Joe Gibbs Racing had a very up and down day at Kansas with one car getting sprayed by champagne while the other three sat in the garage torn up. They fielded a fourth car for this race and that was the No.81 driven by NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contender, Elliott Sadler.
With the 2017 season nearing the halfway mark and Dale Earnhardt Jr. retiring at the end of it, the retirement gifts for NASCAR's favorite driver will come in greater frequency if past history is any indicator.
To no surprise, Jimmie Johnson extending his consecutive title record to five was voted as the top story of 2010 by the NASCAR media corps this week.
Martin Truex Jr. didn't have the strongest car in the race, though he won a stage, and didn't pitch one of his signature clinic performances. But his team gambled in the closing laps by staying out under caution, and he held off drivers with fresher tires to win at Pocono.
When Kurt Busch left Penske Racing after the 2011 season, his whole career changed. At the time, his career had only been going down. Blowups on the radio and rants in his interviews only gave his reputation a negative impact. That impact will follow him throughout the rest of his career, but he is doing all he can to make sure that’s not only what he’s remembered for.
Coming into the 2013 season, Andrew Gresel was going to use his rookie season to, as he said, “figure everything out”. Gresel would debut his Hemke chassis at the second race of the OSCAAR Super Late Model season – Barrie Speedway – finishing inside of the top three.
Expectations run high, as each driver comes out of their off-season slumber to get ready for the biggest race of the year.