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Kasey Kahne on Pole for Pocono 500

by Frank Ryan
Friday, June 06, 2008

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Kasey Kahne put Dodge and Budweiser on the pole for the Pocono 500 with a late afternoon run that bounced Jimmie Johnson to the outside of the front row.  It was Kahne's second career pole at the 2.5-mile speedway since setting the track qualifying record of 172.533 mph back in this event in 2004.

Kahne was fastest in practice and followed the run up with the pole.
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“Today, (the car) went right around the corners," Kahne said. "Three corners and it went through all three of them perfect. I was really happy. Coming to the checker, I knew that it was a really good lap."

Jimmie Johnson, who went out first in the session, qualified second with a lap of 169.856 mph.

“I was really, really pleased with that qualifying lap," Johnson said. "Being the first car out is never a good situation. So for us to put up a lap like that says a lot about the type of car we have and how good it’s been driving."

Mark Martin in third (168.897 mph) and rookie Regan Smith in fourth (168.745 mph).

Starting Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 170.219 52.873 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 169.856 52.986 -0.113
3 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet Steak-umm Burgers 168.897 53.287 -0.414
4 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 168.745 53.335 -0.462
5 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row 168.723 53.342 -0.469
6 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 168.517 53.407 -0.534
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 168.505 53.411 -0.538
8 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 168.479 53.419 -0.546
9 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 168.391 53.447 -0.574
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 168.139 53.527 -0.654
11 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 168.124 53.532 -0.659
12 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 168.055 53.554 -0.681
13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 167.970 53.581 -0.708
14 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Target 167.939 53.591 -0.718
15 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 167.904 53.602 -0.729
16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 167.895 53.605 -0.732
17 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 167.838 53.623 -0.750
18 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 167.785 53.640 -0.767
19 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 167.738 53.655 -0.782
20 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 167.735 53.656 -0.783
21 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 167.467 53.742 -0.869
22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 167.436 53.752 -0.879
23 28 Travis Kvapil Ford DISH Network / DishDVRs 167.367 53.774 -0.901
24 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Charter Comm. 167.345 53.781 -0.908
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 167.327 53.787 -0.914
26 70 Jason Leffler Chevrolet Haas Automation 167.258 53.809 -0.936
27 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Kodak 167.255 53.810 -0.937
28 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 167.029 53.883 -1.010
29 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 166.759 53.970 -1.097
30 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 166.710 53.986 -1.113
31 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 166.688 53.993 -1.120
32 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 166.648 54.006 -1.133
33 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 166.645 54.007 -1.134
34 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST 166.605 54.020 -1.147
35 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 166.593 54.024 -1.151
36 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 166.589 54.025 -1.152
37 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 166.568 54.032 -1.159
38 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 166.454 54.069 -1.196
39 00 Michael McDowell* Toyota Champion Mortgage 166.276 54.127 -1.254
40 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Robby Gordon Motorsports 165.871 54.259 -1.386
41 77 Sam Hornish Jr.×* Dodge Mobil 1 165.071 54.522 -1.649
42 38 David Gilliland× Ford FreeCreditReport.com 164.971 54.555 -1.682
43 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America Champion's Provisional

Did Not Qualify

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
44 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 166.349 54.103 -1.230

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