Matt Kenseth, right, is currently fourth in the Chase point standings.
Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) -
Matt Kenseth won the pole for the AAA Texas 500 by the slimmest of margins over Jeff Gordon, while Tony Stewart set a new track qualifying record with a lap at 200 mph during Friday's qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kenseth, who is one of the eight drivers remaining in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, turned a lap at 199.299 mph during the third and final round of knockout qualifying. He beat Gordon for the pole by only one-thousandth of a second. Gordon posted his lap at 199.291 mph.
It was Kenseth's second pole of the season and the 13th of his Sprint Cup Series career. He also claimed his first pole win in 25 starts at this 1.5- mile racetrack.