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)

Matt Kenseth takes pole for NASCAR's final race before playoffs

RICHMOND, Va. — Matt Kenseth ran a fast lap of 122.421 mph Friday and won the pole for tonight's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway.

This is the last Monster Energy Cup race drivers have to make the 16-driver NASCAR playoffs that begin next week in Chicago. Kenseth is 15th in points, but he is without the victory that would guarantee him a playoff spot.

Kenseth is two points behind Chase Elliott and one point ahead of Jamie McMurray for the final three spots, and with 13 drivers winning races this season, that gives them the next three spots based on the point standings.

Denny Hamlin (122.277) starts on the outside of the front row, with Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson on the second row.

Among other drivers needing to win to ensure a playoff spot, Joey Logano starts 12th, Clint Bowyer 13th, Daniel Saurez 16th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 21st.

XFINITY: Brad Keselowski ran down Kyle Busch with 16 laps to go and won at Richmond Raceway. Keselowski's pass came in heavy lapped traffic and marked the third time he'd used a superior car to catch Busch on a long run. The final green-flag run lasted 89 laps, giving Keselowski his 36th career series victory and fourth in 17 starts at Richmond. "He's a great racer, and when you can race with him, you know you're having a good day," Keselowski said. Elliott Sadler clinched his second consecutive regular-season championship with a fifth-place finish. The regular season ends next weekend in Chicago, then the top 12 contest the first playoff in the series.

Matt Kenseth takes pole for NASCAR's final race before playoffs 09/08/17 [Last modified: Friday, September 8, 2017 11:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Cubs game

    The Heater

    Chris Archer's night ended with his 11th loss, but he and the Rays should feel good about his six solid innings. After the forearm tightness scare in Chicago, he had two rough outings, allowing 15 hits and 11 runs while lasting just seven innings total.

  2. At 6-8, Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov comes with, and needs, a high ceiling

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — When Hall of Famer Phil Esposito first saw Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov, he joked that the 6-foot-8 defenseman could reach the Amalie Arena ceiling.

    The Lightning’s Anthony Cirelli gets checked by the Hurricanes’ Trevor Carrick during the first period of the preseason opener at Amalie Arena. The teams meet again tonight in Raleigh, N.C.
  3. Jones: Rays' Kevin Cash doesn't mind following in Joe Maddon's steps

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — On this particular night, he's the other guy. He's like a talk-show guest scooted to the end of the couch. He is Kevin Cash. And the Rays manager is standing in the home dugout at Tropicana Field.

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Manager Kevin Cash (L) of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts to action during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field on September 17, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images) 700012494
  4. Rays journal: Rays manage one hit in loss to Cubs

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Joe Maddon returned to Tropicana Field on Tuesday, and so did a legion of Cubs fans who waited nearly an entire season for the World Series champions to make their first trip in nine years to the bay area.

    Rays starter Chris Archer awaits a new ball after Kyle Schwarber homers in the second, putting the Cubs up 1-0.
  5. Rays video tribute to ex-manager Joe Maddon upon return with Cubs

    Blogs

    Here is the Rays video tribute to former manager Joe Maddon, who returned to the Trop for the first time on Tuesday with his Cubs team: