Matt Kenseth wins first career pole at Dover

Roush Racing driver Matt Kenseth won the Bud Pole Award for Sunday's Winston Cup event at Dover Downs International Speedway. Kenseth drove his fast lap around the one-mile oval in 23.235 seconds, a speed of 154.939 mph. It took Kenseth 89...

Roush Racing driver Matt Kenseth won the Bud Pole Award for Sunday's Winston Cup event at Dover Downs International Speedway. Kenseth drove his fast lap around the one-mile oval in 23.235 seconds, a speed of 154.939 mph.

It took Kenseth 89 tries, but he finally got his first allusive pole on the concrete track where he made his Cup debut in 1998. "It was a great lap. I just hope that it drives that good in the race."

Roush Racing has a total of four wins this season, the fourth which came last weekend in the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600, won by teammate Mark Martin. On track performance must be the best medicine for team owner Jack Roush. Roush made his first visit to the track at Dover following his plane crash in Birmingham, ALA during the weekend of the Talladega race.

Veteran driver Bill Elliott of Evernham Motorsports will roll off of the grid second with a speed of 154.374 mph.

Jerry Nadeau, driving for the injured Johnny Benson in the No. 10 Pontiac will start third. Alongside row two, DEI's Michael Waltrip. Closing out the top five will be Kenseth's teammate Kurt Busch in the No. 97 Ford.

Also grabbing a spot in Sunday's race will be the BACE Motorsports teammates, Tony Raines and Chad Little. Both teams are making their Cup debut. Raines will start 17th and Little will start 36th. Little was replaced at Roush Racing in the 97 by Kurt Busch at the end of the 1999 season.

Little wrecked his car during his qualifying lap and will drop to the rear of the field prior to the start of the race after he was forced to a backup car. Penske rookie Ryan Newman found himself in the same predicament.

Derrike Cope, Randy Renfrow, and fill-in driver for an ailing Rick Mast, Hermie Sadler, failed to qualify.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Derrike Cope , Bill Elliott , Matt Kenseth , Michael Waltrip , Jerry Nadeau , Kurt Busch , Johnny Benson , Tony Raines , Chad Little , Rick Mast , Hermie Sadler , Jack Roush , Mark Martin