CONCORD, N.C. — Matt Kenseth is back in a familiar spot at Charlotte Motor Speedway — sitting on the pole.
Kenseth will start up front Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race after turning a lap at 194.532 mph Thursday to edge Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch.
Kenseth also won the pole at the track in May for the Coca-Cola 600. He likes to joke that he doesn't qualify well, but the Bank of America 500 will be the fourth time he has started on the pole this season and the 17th in his career.
"When they get my car to drive absolutely perfect, every once in a while I'm not going to mess it up," Kenseth said with a laugh. "Tonight it was pretty darn close to perfect. I was going to really have to mess it up to not" get the pole.
Joey Logano qualified third.
Among the other Chase contenders who will start in the top 10 are Kurt Busch in sixth, Carl Edwards eighth and Ryan Newman 10th. Kevin Harvick, who raced his way into Round 2 with a clutch win last week, will start 11th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12th.
Only three of the 12 drivers remaining in the Chase didn't make it to the final round of qualifying — Brad Keselowski (13th), Martin Truex (15th) and Jeff Gordon (22nd).