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April 19, 2013

NASCAR: Kenseth qualifies on pole at Kansas Speedway

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. —

Joey Logano will start 22nd and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski will go off 33rd. Both drivers arrived at Kansas on Friday with their full teams after appealing heavy sanctions handed down by NASCAR for bringing unapproved parts to last weekend's race at Texas.

"It wasn't what we were looking for, for sure," Keselowski said. "We didn't make it through the center of the corner with as much speed as you need to be fast, so we have to work on that."

The speeds that were put up in the newest generation of cars over the recently repaved surface seemed to catch several drivers by surprise.

Kenseth brushed the wall with his right rear entering a corner during practice, and Kyle Busch slapped the wall later in practice hard enough that he had to go to a backup car.

Busch rallied to qualify fifth in his No. 18 Toyota.

Jeff Gordon said the track was "superfast with a lot of grip," but evidently couldn't find enough during his qualifying run. The two-time champion at Kansas got loose between turns 1 and 2, headed up the track and backed into the wall to bring qualifying to a halt.

"I was happy through 3 and 4, we got down in 1 and 2, got to the yellow line and start picking up the throttle, and it slowly came around," Gordon said. "We've got a car and an engine that's pretty much done. Been a while since I wrecked in qualifying."

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