Matt Kenseth didn't wait long to get his pole award back.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver stripped of his pole award from last week at Kansas in a raft of penalties levied by NASCAR this week, set a track record with a lap at 130.334 mph Friday at Richmond International Raceway.
Kenseth edged JGR teammate Brian Vickers by 0.005 seconds to claim only the 10th top starting position of his career in 481 starts.
"I think our car's good in race trim and I'm looking forward to the race," said Bowyer. "It's fun to be back here -- I love this race track. It's just a lot of fun to be in Richmond. This is one of the coolest race tracks we go to. I think it's a new record until the next guy sets a new record."