Greg Biffle recorded a time of 31.024s around the 1.5 mile tri-oval to clock a speed of 174.887mph, putting him 0.056s ahead of his Roush Fenway Racing team mate Carl Edwards for pole position.
Biffle had to rally from a poor first practice session in order to claim his second pole of the season (and his eighth in his Cup career.) "Fifteen or 20 guys in race trim were way faster than we were," he said. "We didn't lose our patience, focus or confidence on getting the car to go ... I think that says something about the team."
Starting alongside him on the front row, his team mate Carl Edwards currently leads the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and is tied on points with Kevin Harvick, who will start Sunday afternoon's race from 14th position.
"This is I think the best we have every qualified here so I am not going to act like I am frustrated about it," said Edwards. "I would obviously like to be on the pole but I didn't think we would be this good coming out of practice ... I am proud of our qualifying effort and I am proud that we have an all-Ford front row."
"I don't think the first lap is going to be a lap that I would let him lead but I may not have that opportunity," said Biffle when asked about how he would approach the start of the race battling with his team mate. "He may be faster than me on the start of the race. You just never know."
Behind the all-Roush front row are Chase contenders Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Denny Hamlin will start from seventh and Jeff Gordon in tenth, in what could prove to be a critical race for them all if they hope to stay in touch with the Chase leaders.
Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski will start alongside each other from 11th and 12th, and Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be side-by-side in 17th and 18th just ahead of Jimmie Johnson. Tony Stewart is the lowest-placed of the Chase contenders for the start, and will line up in 23rd alongside Clint Bowyer who earlier announced his move from Richard Childress Racing to Michael Waltrip Racing next season.
Reed Sorenson bounced back from losing his Turner Motorsports ride in the Nationwide Series by picking up a one-race deal to drive Robby Gordon's #7 car, and Austin Dillon will make his Cup début after qualifying in 26th position. David Starr, Josh Wise and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the 43-car field.
There are two Cup practice sessions scheduled for Saturday before the race itself on Sunday afternoon at 2pm local time (7pm BST). Races are shown live in the UK on subscription satellite channel Premier Sports TV.
The Nationwide Series support race is the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm. There is no Camping World Truck Series race this week.
Full qualifying times and positions