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Kenseth Grabs NASCAR Darlington Pole

Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, grabbed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light Pole Award at Darlington, S.C. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR) (Sam Greenwood / The Spokesman-Review)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, grabbed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light Pole Award at Darlington, S.C. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR) (Sam Greenwood / The Spokesman-Review)

Matt Kenseth picked up the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Courtesy: NASCAR Media Relations

Qualifying Fast Facts
Darlington Raceway
Southern 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, May 08, 2009 @ 06:10 PM Central
Coors Light Pole Winner: Matt Kenseth
Age: 37
Team : No. 17 - DeWalt Ford
Owner: John Henry
Crew Chief: Drew Blickensderfer
Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Southern 500 with a lap of 27.394 seconds, 179.514 mph -- a track qualifying record.
This is his fourth pole in 339 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2009.
This is his first pole in 16 races at Darlington Raceway.
Jeff Gordon (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2009 and his 23rd in 29 races at Darlington Raceway.
Ryan Newman (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Darlington Raceway.  It is his fourth in 11 races this season.
Joey Logano (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

 



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