Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Kenseth, Logano look to catch pole-sitter Edwards at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano hope their recent success at Bristol Motor Speedway helps them reach Victory Lane for the first time this season.

They will have prime starting spots Sunday after Kenseth qualified second and Logano third for the 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday on the 0.533-mile track.

Carl Edwards earned his second straight series pole with a lap of 127.997 mph in qualifying Friday for the Food City 500. Edwards, the winner at Bristol in March 2014, earned his third pole at the track.

But Logano and Kenseth have been even better than Edwards recently at Bristol. Both drivers have two wins over the past five races at the high-banked short oval. Another win could land Logano or Kenseth a spot in the Chase for the Championship, and both drivers believe a breakthrough is possible.

Kenseth posted a lap of 127.419 mph, followed by Logano at 127.191.

"It's been a good track for us, probably my best track," said Logano, who has won the past two August events at Bristol but struggled in the spring. "We've been really good in the fall races, but it seems like something happens every year in the spring race; hopefully, we can get through that. It's certainly not because we haven't been fast."

Kenseth has four wins, 13 top-five runs and 20 top 10s in 32 career starts at Bristol. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led 47 laps en route to victory here last April and 149 in his August 2013 win. His No. 20 Toyota Camry ran third and 13th in two other races with a combined 227 laps led.

"Bristol's been a good track," Kenseth said, "but when everything's clicking and we're at our best, I feel like we can be pretty competitive just about anywhere."

Kenseth, Logano look to catch pole-sitter Edwards at Bristol 04/15/16 [Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2016 9:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. FSU-Bama 'almost feels like a national championship game Week 1'

    Blogs

    The buzz is continuing to build for next Saturday's blockbuster showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State.

  2. Tampa lawyer Fred Ridley to be new chairman of Augusta National, Masters' home (w/ video)

    Golf

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Ridley first came to Augusta National to compete in the 1976 Masters as the U.S. Amateur champion, and he played the opening round in the traditional pairing with the defending champion, Jack Nicklaus.

  3. Rays send down Chase Whitley, Andrew Kittredge; add Chih-Wei Hu, activate Alex Cobb

    Blogs

    After having to cover more than five innings following a short start by Austin Pruitt, the Rays shuffled their bullpen following Wednesday's game, sending down RHPs Chase Whitley and Andrew Kittredge,

    The Kittredge move was expected, as he was summoned to add depth to the pen Wednesday in advance of RHP Alex …

  4. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moves closer to wanting a decision on Rays stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred called Wednesday for urgency from Tampa Bay area government leaders to prioritize and move quicker on plans for a new Rays stadium.

    MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred talks with reporters at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    The Austin Pruitt experiment might be over, or at least put on pause. After allowing six runs over seven innings to Seattle on Friday, the rookie didn't get through the fourth Wednesday, giving up five runs on four homers. His ERA for past six starts: 5.29.