Kenseth wins pole at Richmond
Drivers, Matt Kenseth, right, and Brian Vickers talk during qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Friday April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Matt Kenseth checks his phone prior to practice for Denny Hamlin's Charity Race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Thursday, April 25, 2013. The driver for Joe Gibbs Racing spoke out Thursday, one day after his team was slapped with some of the harshest penalties in NASCAR history because his race-winning car at Kansas last week failed post-race inspection. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Matt Kenseth didn’t wait long to get his pole award back.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver stripped of his pole award from last week at Kansas in a raft of penalties levied by NASCAR this week, set a track record with a lap at 130.334 mph yesterday at Richmond International Raceway.
Kenseth edged JGR teammate Brian Vickers by 0.005 seconds to claim only the 10th top starting position of his career in 481 starts.
Jeff Gordon qualified third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer.