Fourth XFINITY Series pole of the season for 2013 champion RELATED: Full starting lineup Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 on Saturday (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM), turning a lap of 184.615 mph around the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The No. 33 Richard Childress Racing will be on the pole, sharing the front row with Darrell Wallace, Jr. The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford led the first round of qualifying with a speed of 183.968 mph and finished the final round of qualifying with a lap at 184.395 mph. This is the fourth pole of the season for Dillon, who won from the top spot in Las Vegas in March. Brian Scott will start third in the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (183.799 mph); Denny Hamlin starts fourth in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (183.536 mph); and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five with a lap of 183.474 mph in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet. Chad Boat lost control and spun out through the grass during XFINITY Series qualifying. The incident was almost identicial to Boat's wreck in the No. 84 Billy Boat Motrosports Chevrolet during Thursday's practice for the Hisense 300 .
Joey Logano will also start from the front row in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 RELATED: Full starting lineup " See all 43 cars CONCORD, N.C. – After powering to his second pole of the season on Thursday night, Matt Kenseth will start NASCAR's longest race from the most advantageous position—with his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota getting serviced in the most advantageous pit stall. Kenseth ran his fastest lap of the night (194.252 mph) in the third and final round of knockout qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway and secured the top spot on the grid for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), the 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season. The Coors Light Pole Award was Kenseth's first at Charlotte and the 15th of his career. Kenseth, who covered the 1.5-mile distance in 27.799 seconds, was a whopping .204 seconds faster than Joey Logano (192.836 mph), whose No. 22 Team Penske Ford will start beside Kenseth's Camry on the front row. "I think starting up front is important at this track," Kenseth said. "It typically goes through a lot of changes here, especially if the sun is out for the beginning of the race. You want to have good track position, good pit selection—all those things—so if you get a little bit off and you're chasing the setup, or the track changes, you have a little bit of a buffer being toward the front, hopefully... "All the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas had some speed tonight, and that was encouraging." SHOP: Kenseth gear Carl Edwards (192.733 mph) was third in his No. 19 JGR Toyota, followed by Greg Biffle in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford (192.226 mph) and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner Denny Hamlin in his No. 11 JGR Toyota (192.007 mph). Surprisingly, in consecutive seasons that have seen domination of the intermediate speedways by the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet of reigning series champion Kevin Harvick and the No. 48 Chevy of six-time champ Jimmie Johnson , Toyotas and Fords claimed the top seven qualifying positions for the 600. To Logano, however, the absence of a Chevrolet from the top five spots on the grid for the first time this season isn't hugely significant. "Those guys have been fast in the race—that's where their speed really shines," Logano said. "They qualify good--don't get me wrong—but in the race they shine a little bit more. You're talking about the 4, the 41 ( Kurt Busch ) and the 48. Those are the ones that stand out. "And I'm sure they'll be fast when it comes to race time. Qualifying's a different animal. You use a completely different setup, and qualifying can kind of mask over some issues you have in race trim a lot of times. ... I wouldn't (read) too much into it." Notes: All four Hendrick Motorsports entries failed to advance to the final round of knockout qualifying, but Kasey Kahne had a valid excuse. A cut tire prevented him from posting a quick qualifying laps. As a result, the three-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600 will start 33rd on Sunday ... Jeb Burton , Mike Bliss , Travis Kvapil , Jeff Green and Brendan Gaughan failed to make the 43-car field. The 48-car turnout for qualifying was the largest since 49 entries showed up for the season-opening Daytona 500 .
Matt Kenseth gets his second Coors Light Pole Award of the 2015 season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series prior to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Greg Biffle joins Hamlin on front row for Saturday's race RELATED: Full qualifying results Denny Hamlin will start first in the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race after winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. Hamlin turned in a qualifying time of 145.648 mph on the 1.5-mile track. The top five also includes Greg Biffle (144.643 mph), Brad Keselowski (144.349), Clint Bowyer (144.256) and Kasey Kahne (143.625). Danica Patrick qualified sixth, one spot ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr . TV coverage of the race begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1; the green flag is scheduled to drop at 9:16 p.m. ET. After missing the first 11 races of the year due to a broken leg and foot suffered in an accident at Daytona in February, Kyle Busch is making his season debut at the All-Star Race. Kyle Busch , who had the fastest practice lap at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, qualified 19th out of 20 drivers. The race includes four segments of 25 laps, and the average finishing position determines the order for the final 10-lap sprint to the finish. The winner earns $1 million. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Team Penske takes two of top three spots in the starting grid SHOP: Logano gear " RELATED: See all 43 cars at Kansas " Full starting lineup KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Joey Logano strengthened his standing as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' 2015 Qualifying Meister on Friday night as he won the Coors Light Pole Award for Saturday night's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). The pole was the fourth in 11 attempts this year for the Team Penske driver and his second in the last three weeks. "Definitely cool to get another pole," Logano said. Logano, who had never won more than two poles in a season in his previous six full seasons in Cup, was asked about his sudden ability to dominate in qualifying. "Last year it took us pretty much the whole year to get one pole," he said. "We won a lot of first and second sessions but we'd fall on our face in the third session. So it's pretty special to be able to figure out these third sessions and still have a lot of speed in our car when we get to those rounds. You don't get anything for winning the first and second rounds is what I figured out last year." Logano nailed the pole with a lap at 192.397 mph and in 28.067 seconds in his Team Penske Ford. It was a lap that knocked teammate Brad Keselowski (who posted a lap at 191.857 mph/28.146 seconds) off the pole and it was a lap that kept Kasey Kahne (191.911 mph/28.138 seconds) of Hendrick Motorsports from knocking Logano off late in the third and final round of knockout qualifying. Keselowski will start P3 on Saturday. Next to him in the second row will be Martin Truex Jr . in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet. There were several surprises in Friday's qualifying session. Perhaps the biggest of those was the performance of Erik Jones . The 18-year-old Jones, who is occupying the seat of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota because of the injury to regular driver Kyle Busch , was making his first qualifying run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jones responded by advancing to the final round and then putting down a lap that was sixth fastest. "I thought it was pretty good," Jones, who earlier in the day posted the fastest lap in the final Cup practice of the day, said. "It was nice to make the final round, it was good for us. Our teammates are pretty fast this weekend and I’ve been leaning on them." Another interesting surprise was Greg Biffle . Biffle, driving the No. 16 Ford, became the first Roush Fenway Racing driver to advance to a final round of knockout qualifying. His lap at 191.015 mph was the seventh fastest of the final round. "We just got a little better speed in our car and this race track has been pretty good for us," Biffle, a former winner at Kansas, said. "We barely made the first round and barely made the second and then I just drove it – over drove it. I just said I was going to go for it. I didn't care what happened. I was 11th so I kind of had nothing to lose and that is a hell of an improvement and a great accomplishment. The fact is though that we have to find that speed for the race now and we are celebrating a seventh and three years ago we would be mad right now. I am excited we are seventh and not 27th but at the same time we will keep our head down and keep improving on it." Carl Edwards , who during a press conference earlier on Friday beat himself up pretty badly for getting off to a slow start in his first year with Joe Gibbs Racing , advanced to the final round of qualifying and will start fifth. "We've really tried to focus all of our efforts," Edwards said after qualifying. "We've had bad luck and some problems and it's time to really get going here. Everybody has really stepped up and our Stanley Toyota is great. If we can just have a good, solid race tomorrow and perform the way we know we can, then it's going to be great. And Erik Jones has helped a ton today too so everybody is coming together and hopefully it yields a good result." Edwards led the first round of qualifying as he went out early in the 20-minute session, posted a lap at 192.342 mph. Second fastest was Logano of with a lap at 191.904 mph. In the second, 24-driver round, Truex Jr. went out to take his lap with just over five minutes left in the 10-minute round and responded with a session-best lap at 191.986 mph. It was a lap that kept Edwards from topping both sessions. Failing to make the third round were such notables as six-time champion Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports , teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr ., and former series champions Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth . The only driver to miss the race was Brendan Gaughan , who was driving the No. 62 of Premium Motorsports.
Amanda Mertz talks with Joey Logano after winning his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the 2015 season at Kansas Speedway.
Jeff Gordon gets his third Coors Light Pole Award of the 2015 season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series prior to the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
See where your favorite driver will pit in the Hisense 300 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX) RELATED: Hisense 300 starting lineup Austin Dillon earned the Coors Light Pole Award and the first choice of pit pick. His No. 33 team selected the second stall which is the first one at pit exit heading into Turn 1 for Saturday's Hisense 300 XFINITY Series race at 2:30 p.m. ET (FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). The second-fastest driver in qualifying was Darrell Wallace Jr ., who chose the 15th stall and the first with a front opening. Third in qualifying was Brian Scott , who will attempt to get his first XFINITY win from the 22nd pit stall, three off of the start/finish line toward the Turn 4 side of pit road. Denny Hamlin was fourth-fastest and will pit in the 14th stall at the end of the first group of pit stalls with an opening behind him. Last year's Hisense 300 winner, Kyle Larson , was fifth-fastest and will pit in the middle of that first bank of pit stalls, taking the seventh box. Aric Almirola was sixth-fastest and will pit in the 30th stall with an opening in front of him. Seventh-fastest was Erik Jones , who will pit in the fourth stall. Kasey Kahne was eighth in qualifying and selected the 10th stall. While Ty Dillon and Ryan Reed round out the top 10, picking the 19th and 28th pit stalls respectively. Chris Buescher , the XFINITY Series points leader, qualified 14th and chose the 36th stall with a front opening. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where all 43 drivers will pit in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX) RELATED: Full starting lineup " See all 43 cars Matt Kenseth won his second Coors Light Pole of the season for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) at Charlotte Motor Speedway and chose the first pit stall entering Turn 1, which is also the pit stall closest to the pit road exit. Kenseth's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin joined him in the top five in qualifying and will start third and fifth, respectively. The No. 19 took the first stall in the second section of pits behind the Turn 1 entrance, and Hamlin picked a pit stall next to a break near the start-finish line with a rear opening. Team Penske driver Joey Logano starts second and will pit the No. 22 Ford in the second pit stall heading into Turn 1. Another Ford, Roush Fenway Racing 's No. 16 driven by Greg Biffle will start fourth. Biffle will be using a pit stall with a rear opening at the tail of the section of pits heading into Turn 1. David Ragan (starting seventh) and Kyle Larson (starting ninth) also have openings in front of them on pit road, while Kevin Harvick (starting eighth) will have an opening behind him, making it easier for him to pull into his pit stall. Brad Keselowski , who qualified sixth, chose the first stall coming onto pit road for service on the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Johnson, Kahne rounded out top three Related: Practice 1 results Carl Edwards soared to the top of the leaderboard late in Thursday's opening practice for the Coca-Cola 600 (Sunday, 6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) at Charlotte Motor Speedway , propelling his No. Joe Gibbs Racing 19 ride at 192.273 mph to snag the premier spot. Reigning Coca-Cola 600 champion Jimmie Johnson -- one of the first to head onto the track for practice -- sat on top of the leaderboard for most the the afternoon, with a high speed of 191.673 mph. He settled into the second-place slot after Edwards' late run knocked him off the top position. Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne came up third-fastest in the field with a high speed of 191.639 mph. Kahne was also one of the first drivers to wheel his No. 5 ride onto the track for practice. Rounding out the top five were 2014 Sprint Cup champion and Stewart-Haas Racing 's Kevin Harvick (191.442 mph) and Michael Waltrip Rac ing 's David Ragan (191.435 mph). Following his 11-race absense from Sprint Cup racing, Kyle Busch returned to the race track last weekend for the Sprint All-Star Race and will be making his first Cup start in a points race this season at Charlotte. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver posted the 21st-fastest speed (190.081 mph) in his No. 18 Toyota during opening practice. Making his third Sprint Cup start this weekend, part-time Hendrick Motorsports rookie Chase Elliott posted the 27th-fastest time in the field, wheeling his No. 25 car at 189.142 mph. The current XFINITY champion will compete in the series' Hisense 300 on Saturday (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) at Charlotte. The Sprint Cup Series is back on track at 7:15 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying with coverage on FOX Sports 1. SHOP: Carl Edwards gear FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule