Kahne edges Harvick to Michigan pole

Kasey Kahne took his first pole since 2012

Kasey Kahne took his first pole since 2012

Kasey Kahne scored his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole in three years by setting the fastest time in the final round of qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Kahne’s first pole since 2012 edged him ahead of defending series champion and points leader, Kevin Harvick, who was fastest in the opening two rounds of qualifying and practice.

Kahne’s pole time matched what Harvick had managed in round two – 35.645-seconds.

If Harvick finishes in the top-2 this weekend at Michigan he will become the first driver in Sprint Cup history to have 11 top-2 finishes in the first 15 races of the season.

Brad Keselowski was third ahead of Carl Edwards, while Ryan Blaney was a surprise fifth for Wood Brothers Racing; which only compete part-time in the Sprint Cup these days.

Kahne’s Hendrick Motorsports team-mates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson – the two winners at Michigan last year – had to settle for sixth and eighth respectively.

After winning last week at Pocono, Martin Truex Jr was ninth ahead of Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth.

Brendan Gaughan was the one driver from the 44-car field not to qualify for the race.

QUALIFYING: Quicken Loans 400 – Michigan International Speedway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER SPONSOR MPH BEST TIME BEHIND
1 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips 201.992 35.645 Leader
2 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser / Jimmy John’s 201.613 35.712 –0.067
3 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 201.449 35.741 –0.096
4 19 Carl Edwards Arris 201.067 35.809 –0.164
5 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 201.056 35.811 –0.166
6 24 Jeff Gordon Panasonic 200.988 35.823 –0.178
7 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol 200.915 35.836 –0.191
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools 200.658 35.882 –0.237
9 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row/Visser Precision 200.579 35.896 –0.251
10 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy 200.468 35.916 –0.271
11 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 200.418 35.925 –0.280
12 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 199.579 36.076 –0.431
13 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express 199.933 36.012 –0.367
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr AMP ENERGY 199.928 36.013 –0.368
15 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 199.662 36.061 –0.416
16 42 Kyle Larson Target 199.435 36.102 –0.457
17 27 Paul Menard Moen / Menards 199.352 36.117 –0.472
18 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Dream Machine 198.983 36.184 –0.539
19 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy 198.462 36.279 –0.634
20 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 198.380 36.294 –0.649
21 16 Greg Biffle Safety-Kleen Ford Fusion 198.216 36.324 –0.679
22 33 Ty Dillon Nexium 24HR 198.183 36.330 –0.685
23 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans 198.129 36.340 –0.695
24 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation 197.585 36.440 –0.795
25 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 196.727 36.599 –0.954
26 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 196.694 36.605 –0.960
27 13 Casey Mears No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 196.560 36.630 –0.985
28 7 Alex Bowman Racing-Rewards.com 196.415 36.657 –1.012
29 40 Landon Cassill Carsforsale.com 196.399 36.660 –1.015
30 9 Sam Hornish Jr Medallion Bank 195.716 36.788 –1.143
31 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Hungry Jack 195.588 36.812 –1.167
32 15 Clint Bowyer Cherry 5-hour Energy benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation 195.578 36.814 –1.169
33 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Ford Fusion 195.578 36.814 –1.169
34 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops 195.487 36.831 –1.186
35 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 194.679 36.984 –1.339
36 51 Justin Allgaier Switch Hitch 194.049 37.104 –1.459
37 34 Brett Moffitt Dockside Logistics 193.574 37.195 –1.550
38 26 Jeb Burton Maxim 193.538 37.202 –1.557
39 98 Josh Wise TBA 192.869 37.331 –1.686
40 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick 192.859 37.333 –1.688
41 23 J.J. Yeley Dr Pepper 191.215 37.654 –2.009
42 32 Mike Bliss Skuttle Tight/CorvetteParts.net 190.491 37.797 –2.152
43 83 Matt DiBenedetto Burger King 189.608 37.973 –2.328

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