Toyota was strong again at Auto Club Speedway.
Matt Kenseth claimed the pole, his first of 2014 at Auto Club Speedway after three full rounds of knockout qualifying.
2014 star qualifier Brad Keselowski will take the green flag as the other driver on the front row.
“It was good, obviously. We unloaded and had some really good speed. We worked on race trim a little bit. It wasn’t driving quite like we hoped, but we did have some really good speed and that translated into qualifying trim,” Kenseth said in a press release.
“Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) did a really good job the last two weeks of making good adjustments through the round and making it how we needed it for the last one. They gave me the car and really all I did was not mess it up, so they did a great job and glad we got it.”
Keselowski will make his third consecutive front row start during Sunday’s 500 mile event at Auto Club Speedway.
“I have had a lot of fun with this new format. I don’t feel like a very good qualifier. It took me all three shots to even get in the top-10. Fortunately the last one was our best with getting us second and I am really proud of my team for that effort and adjusting on the car to get it where we wanted it to be,” Keselowski said.
Other notable drivers who were unable to make it to the top 12, the final round of qualifying was Dale Earnhardt Jr, who ended up 15th overall and last week’s runner up Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 22nd.
Tony Stewart, who made his first top five of the season last weekend at Bristol ended up 10th overall.
Kenseth added that starting up front at Fontana is a benefit.
“If your car is handling a certain way you can find a groove that can help your car and move around a lot. Even in qualifying it was interesting how drastically different our grooves were when we qualified. It’s a really fun race track, especially when your car is driving good and doing the things you need it to do.”