Richard Petty Motorsports STP 400 Qualifying Report

Kansas Speedway, 1.5-mile oval

Qualifying took place Friday afternoon at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.  Teams practiced in the afternoon before qualifying live on SPEED Channel.  Richard Petty Motorsports qualified:

6th – Aric Almirola, No. 43 STP Farmland Ford Fusion
15th – Marcos Ambrose, No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion

American Muscle
  • Forty-four cars took a qualifying time this afternoon at Kansas Speedway.  Matt Kenseth won the pole with a speed of 191.864 miles per hour.
  • Carl Edwards led the Ford Racing team today with a second-place qualifying effort.
  • The STP 400 begins Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FOX, MRN Radio and SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Radio.

Almirola’s Thoughts on Qualifying at Kansas:

“It was an okay lap.  We slowed down a little bit from practice, which was a little disappointing, but the track was quite a bit different after that truck practice.  That draw didn’t help us again.  We continue to get an early draw.  I don’t know how that happens.  All in all, it was a good run for us.  I’m proud of Todd Parrott and all the guys on this STP Farmland Ford Fusion.  It was a decent lap for us.  I think it’ll be a decent starting spot, but the track was just a lot different from practice.”

Ambrose’s Thoughts on Qualifying at Kansas:

“We were great in qualifying practice.  We heard everybody was really tight, so we made some adjustments before we went out and it was too free.  We went for a second lap there, and I just scuffed the wall.  Normally when you do that, it tightens up, so I stayed in it thinking it was gonna be okay through three and four on the second lap, but it was still too loose.  We missed it a little bit ,but I’m still proud of my Stanley team.  They gave me a great car today.  There’s no real damage there.  We’ll just clean that up and be ready for tomorrow.”

About Richard Petty Motorsports:

A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneurs Andrew Murstein and Douglas Bergeron, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force and STP and Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners Stanley and DEWALT. In addition, Michael Annett wheels the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team is headquartered in Concord, N.C.

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