Martin Truex Jr. claimed the pole for the Samsung Mobile 500 after topping Matt Kenseth in Friday’s qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway.
Truex, who drives the No. 56 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, posted a lap at 190.369 mph for his second pole at Texas and the seventh of his Sprint Cup Series career. His maiden pole in the series came at this fast 1.5-mile track in November 2007.
“I felt really comfortable going into qualifying that we had a shot at it,” Truex said. “It’s not easy getting poles in this series…There’s no better way to start the weekend than getting the pole.”
Kenseth, the defending race winner, captured the outside pole after qualifying 0.033 seconds behind Truex.