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Kahne sets track record in winning pole at Las Vegas

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Friday, March 09, 2012

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Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne was one of 15 drivers to break the track qualifying record Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He also was the fastest.

The Hendrick Motorsports drive's’ lap of 190.456 mph broke Matt Kenseth’s year-old mark of 188.884 and put him on the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400.

Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch (190.040 mph), the first driver to break the track record on a warm, sunny day at the 1.5-mile speedway, will start second.

Kasey Kahne
“It feels good; the car was awesome,” Kahne said. “The Hendrick engines, it’s unreal how well they run. I’m looking forward to Sunday. I always like racing at Las Vegas – I haven’t won here but have run well.”

Kevin Harvick (Richard Childress Racing), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick) and Clint Bowyer (Michael Waltrip Racing) will start third through fifth, respectively, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.

Defending series champion Tony Stewart qualified seventh while Denny Hamlin, last week’s winner in Phoenix, was 17th overall.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED 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
44 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe / Riviera Hotel 182.426 29.601 -1.248
45 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 182.285 29.624 -1.271

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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