Matt Kenseth won the pole position for Sunday's Sprint Cup race as NASCAR's new knockout-style qualifying format was used at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the first time.
Kenseth, a three-time winner at Fontana when he drove for Roush Fenway Racing, now drives for Joe Gibbs Racing. He turned a lap of 187.315 mph Friday on the two-mile Fontana oval in his No. 20 Toyota.
Under the new qualilfying format, all the cars qualified in the opening 25-minute session and the 24 fastest cars advanced to the 10-minute second round. The 12 fastest drivers in that round moved to the third and final session, which lasted five minutes.
Many of the drivers ran only a single lap in each session because the Fontana track is particularly abrasive and the teams are allowed only one set of tires for qualifying.