Matt Kenseth wins the pole for the Toyota Owners 400

Matt Kenseth will lead the field to the green flag for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Matt Kenseth earned the top spot in Friday’s qualifying session with a lap of 121.016 mph to earn his first pole of the 2017 season and his 19th career pole.

“It’s good to start up front but you can lose that track position at any time,” said Kenseth after qualifying. “So we will work on the car on Saturday to make sure we can stay up front on Sunday. I’ve been reminded this weekend that I have led zero laps so far this season.”

Ryan Blaney will start second followed by Martin Truex Jr. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Joey Logano round out the top five.

“It was a good effort. It’s something we have done really good this year, improving round to round,” said Blaney after his run. “It was something big we wanted to work on in the offsesason.”

Ryan Blaney, Wood Brothers Racing, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Fusion during practice for the Toyota Owners 400
World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker, NKP

“Sunday is going to be a blast Sunday,” Stenhouse Jr. said after his qualifying run. “There will be a lot of sliding around out there.”

Notable drivers who failed to advance to the final round were Chase Elliott, 14th, Denny Hamlin, 16th, Jimmie Johnson, 17th, and Kyle Larson, 18th.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have one more practice on Saturday.

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