Kasey Kahne claims fast pole at Kansas

Kasey Kahne will start from pole at Kansas

Kasey Kahne will start from pole at Kansas

Kasey Kahne has smashed the Kansas Speedway qualifying record, taking pole for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, the sixth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The new smooth, fresh asphalt at the 1.5-mile intermediate track proved fast, with the old track record broken by most of the Sprint Cup drivers.

Kahne toured the speedway in 28.219 seconds (191.360 mph) to edge second-place qualifier Mark Martin (191.238 mph) by 0.018s.

The Coors Light Pole Award was Kahne’s fourth of the season, the 26th of his career and his third at Kansas.

Clint Bowyer will start third ahead of Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola.

Chase contenders Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin will start 25th, seventh and ninth respectively.

Australian Marcos Ambrose will start 18th.

Cole Whitt, David Stremme and Josh Wise failed to qualify for the 43-car field. Danica Patrick posted the 41st-fastest qualifying time of the 46 drivers but will start from the back of the field after an engine change on Friday.

Qualifying, Kansas

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 191.360 28.219 Leader
2 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 191.238 28.237 -0.018
3 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy Benefiting Avon Foundation for Women 191.130 28.253 -0.034
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Halloween 191.096 28.258 -0.039
5 43 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 190.988 28.274 -0.055
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Code 3 Associates 190.853 28.294 -0.075
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 190.840 28.296 -0.077
8 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 190.813 28.300 -0.081
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 190.718 28.314 -0.095
10 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 190.409 28.360 -0.141
11 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Sherwin Williams 190.389 28.363 -0.144
12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Zest 190.376 28.365 -0.146
13 51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 190.154 28.398 -0.179
14 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / CertainTeed 190.134 28.401 -0.182
15 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 190.094 28.407 -0.188
16 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 189.940 28.430 -0.211
17 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 189.913 28.434 -0.215
18 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Black & Decker 189.827 28.447 -0.228
19 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 189.520 28.493 -0.274
20 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 189.367 28.516 -0.297
21 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford 189.268 28.531 -0.312
22 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 189.268 28.531 -0.312
23 98 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love / Curb Records 189.261 28.532 -0.313
24 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Taylor Swift / Target 188.851 28.594 -0.375
25 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 188.772 28.606 -0.387
26 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 188.646 28.625 -0.406
27 37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet MaxQworkforce 188.633 28.627 -0.408
28 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 188.600 28.632 -0.413
29 78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 188.370 28.667 -0.448
30 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical / Crowne Plaza 188.173 28.697 -0.478
31 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 188.147 28.701 -0.482
32 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 188.055 28.715 -0.496
33 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 187.859 28.745 -0.526
34 191 Reed Sorenson Toyota Plinker Tactical / Crowne Plaza 187.761 28.760 -0.541
35 195 Scott Speed Ford B&D Electrical 187.748 28.762 -0.543
36 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 187.578 28.788 -0.569
37 34 David Ragan Ford Client One Securities, LLC 187.474 28.804 -0.585
38 179 Kelly Bires Ford Bestway Disposal / Re-Load.biz 187.285 28.833 -0.614
39 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 187.234 28.841 -0.622
40 88 Regan Smith Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 187.182 28.849 -0.630
41 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 186.896 28.893 -0.674
42 33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Moon Shine Attire 186.877 28.896 -0.677
43 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 186.027 29.028 -0.809
44 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet TBR / TMone 183.773 29.384 -1.165
45 32 Timmy Hill Ford Southern Pride Trucking / U.S. Chrome 183.624 29.408 -1.189
46 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 182.500 29.589 -1.370

 

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