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Kasey Kahne wins pole in Sonoma

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Friday, June 20, 2008

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Kasey Kahne turned a lap of 77.740 seconds to grab the pole position for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway
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Kasey Kahne continued his recent hot streak Friday by winning the pole at Infineon Raceway for his best career starting position on a road course.

Kahne was the third driver to make his qualifying attempt and his lap around the twisting track at 92.153 mph was good enough to hold the top spot for the entire session. It was his second pole of the season, and second in three weeks.

It's Kahne's best start at a road course, bettering the second-place qualifying effort he made at Watkins Glen in 2006. His highest start in Sonoma was sixth that same season.

"To get the pole is always very difficult, especially at these tracks,'' Kahne said. "There's certain guys that seem like they are right there. We've been close here in the past, we've been close at Watkins Glen. So I felt I could make that one lap and come close to the pole and today we had a great Dodge and we were able to get it.

"I came in today thinking I had a good shot, but winning a pole at Infineon is tougher than it sounds.''

Jimmie Johnson qualified second with a lap at 92.040 and Kurt Busch was third with a lap at 92.005.

Kahne has been on an incredible run since winning the All-Star race last month, backing it up with victories in the Coca-Cola 600 and two weeks ago at Pocono. He was second last week in Michigan.

Bobby Labonte qualified fourth and was followed by five-time Infineon winner Jeff Gordon, Elliott Sadler and Marcos Ambrose. Robby Gordon, Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle rounded out the top 10.

Tony Stewart had his worst qualifying effort of the season and will start 39th.

“I guarantee this is the worst we’ll ever have started on a road course,” Stewart said. “Right now it’s going to be a long way to go.”

Four drivers failed to qualify for Sunday's race: J.J. Yeley, Scott Riggs, Dario Franchitti and Brandon Ash.

Lineup

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 92.153 77.740 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 92.040 77.836 -0.096
3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 92.005 77.865 -0.125
4 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 91.943 77.918 -0.178
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont Cromax Pro 91.923 77.935 -0.195
6 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 91.843 78.003 -0.263
7 21 Marcos Ambrose Ford Little Debbie Honey Buns 91.819 78.023 -0.283
8 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Robby Gordon Motorsports 91.732 78.097 -0.357
9 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 91.519 78.279 -0.539
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 91.448 78.340 -0.600
11 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Wells Fargo 91.448 78.340 -0.600
12 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 91.276 78.487 -0.747
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 91.206 78.547 -0.807
14 160 Boris Said Ford 7-Eleven Slurpee / No Fear 91.182 78.568 -0.828
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 91.162 78.585 -0.845
16 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 91.158 78.589 -0.849
17 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 91.147 78.598 -0.858
18 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 91.140 78.604 -0.864
19 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 91.138 78.606 -0.866
20 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 91.057 78.676 -0.936
21 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 91.025 78.704 -0.964
22 01 Ron Fellows Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 91.012 78.715 -0.975
23 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's 90.984 78.739 -0.999
24 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/ DenverMattress.com 90.955 78.764 -1.024
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 90.951 78.768 -1.028
26 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 90.932 78.784 -1.044
27 41 Scott Pruett Dodge Target 90.905 78.808 -1.068
28 66 Max Papis Chevrolet Haas Automation 90.870 78.838 -1.098
29 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 90.804 78.895 -1.155
30 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 90.794 78.904 -1.164
31 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com 90.792 78.906 -1.166
32 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 90.773 78.922 -1.182
33 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 90.763 78.931 -1.191
34 00 Michael McDowell* Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 90.694 78.991 -1.251
35 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 90.647 79.032 -1.292
36 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 90.509 79.152 -1.412
37 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Valvoline 90.375 79.270 -1.530
38 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 90.356 79.286 -1.546
39 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 90.298 79.337 -1.597
40 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 90.228 79.399 -1.659
41 28 Travis Kvapil Ford California Highway Patrol 89.901 79.688 -1.948
42 44 David Reutimann+ Toyota UPS 88.817 80.660 -2.920
43 34 Brian Simo Chevrolet No Fear 90.135 79.481 -1.741
Did Not Qualify
44 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 90.074 79.535 -1.795
45 70 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation 89.842 79.740 -2.000
46 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Texaco / Havoline - The Hartford 89.750 79.822 -2.082
47 102 Brandon Ash Dodge Sprinter Trucking / Sunny D Manufacturing 88.123 81.295 -3.555

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