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Kasey Kahne grabs Las Vegas pole

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Saturday 10th March, 2012 - 11:45am

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Kasey Kahne will start from pole at Las Vegas

Kasey Kahne has scored his first pole position since joining Hendrick Motorsports at the start of the season with a qualifying lap record at the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kahne’s topped the timesheets with 28.353-seconds an average speed of 306.509 km/h (190.456 mph) on the 1.5-mile tri-oval to earn his 23rd career pole.

Las Vegas native Kyle Busch qualified second in perfect warm conditions where 15 drivers eclipsed Matt Kenseth’s record of 303.979 km/h set last year and is the fourth straight year the qualifying mark has been bettered.

Kahne signed with Hendrick Motorsports back in 2010, but had to wait until this season to join the team as Mark Martin remained under contract through 2011. Last year he drove for Red Bull Toyota, which closed its doors at the end of the season despite Kahne’s victory at the penultimate race at Phoenix.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start 15th, but will go into the race with plenty of confident after setting the fourth quickest time in practice. The Tasmanian has been fast over the opening two races at Daytona and last week in Phoenix. However, his Daytona 500 hopes were dashed when he was involved in a collision, while last week a certain top-three finish was ended when he had engine failure with 15 laps remaining.

The Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be run Monday morning Australian time.

QUALIFYING

Kobalt Tools 400 | Las Vegas Motor Speedway :  Race 3 of 36

POS

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

SPEED/MPH

TIME

BEHIND

1 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 190.456 28.353 Leader
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Ms. Brown 190.040 28.415 -0.062
3 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 190.014 28.419 -0.066
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 189.873 28.440 -0.087
5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 189.807 28.450 -0.097
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 189.773 28.455 -0.102
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 189.667 28.471 -0.118
8 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 189.620 28.478 -0.125
9 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Meguiars 189.500 28.496 -0.143
10 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 189.421 28.508 -0.155
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Zest 189.208 28.540 -0.187
12 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Tag Heuer Eyewear 189.148 28.549 -0.196
13 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 188.970 28.576 -0.223
14 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Pennzoil 188.937 28.581 -0.228
15 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 188.910 28.585 -0.232
16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 20 Years 188.758 28.608 -0.255
17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 188.712 28.615 -0.262
18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 188.436 28.657 -0.304
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 188.160 28.699 -0.346
20 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 188.134 28.703 -0.350
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 188.088 28.710 -0.357
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 187.754 28.761 -0.408
23 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 187.669 28.774 -0.421
24 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford / Bush’s Beans 187.663 28.775 -0.422
25 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 187.363 28.821 -0.468
26 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Schrock / Menards 187.305 28.830 -0.477
27 43 Aric Almirola Ford Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp 186.987 28.879 -0.526
28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 186.987 28.879 -0.526
29 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Clorox 186.780 28.911 -0.558
30 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 185.650 29.087 -0.734
31 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Accell Construction 185.644 29.088 -0.735
32 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 185.274 29.146 -0.793
33 26 Josh Wise* Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 184.837 29.215 -0.862
34 38 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 184.685 29.239 -0.886
35 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 184.388 29.286 -0.933
36 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing 184.370 29.289 -0.936
37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 184.175 29.320 -0.967
38 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 183.949 29.356 -1.003
39 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 183.861 29.370 -1.017
40 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 183.542 29.421 -1.068
41 32 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 183.306 29.459 -1.106
42 37 Timmy Hill* Ford Poynt.com 182.877 29.528 -1.175
43 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 182.704 29.556 -1.203
DNQ 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe / Riviera Hotel 182.426 29.601 -1.248
DNQ 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 182.285 29.624 -1.271

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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