Jeff Gordon is the best placed of the Chase contenders in third, his best qualifying since claiming second at Darlington in May. Greg Biffle starts fifth, Matt Kenseth eighth and Kurt Busch ninth being the only other Chase drivers in the top ten.

Points leader Denny Hamlin is in a perfectly reasonable 12th while Jimmie Johnson is back in 21st - he'll start immediately behind 19th-placed Kyle Busch in the double file line-up.

Joe Nemechek, Mike Bliss and Jason Leffler failed to make the field.

1. Kasey Kahne 30.920s
2. Paul Menard + 0.031s
3. Jeff Gordon + 0.038s
4. Joey Logano + 0.059s
5. Greg Biffle + 0.069s
6. Ryan Newman + 0.088s
7. Juan Pablo + 0.123s
8. Matt Kenseth + 0.132s
9. Kurt Busch + 0.137s
10. David Ragan + 0.156s
11. Bill Elliott + 0.159s
12. Denny Hamlin + 0.168s
13. Regan Smith + 0.182s
14. Tony Stewart + 0.219s
15. Elliott Sadler + 0.226s
16. David Reutimann + 0.231s
17. Bobby Labonte + 0.236s
18. Sam Hornish + 0.253s
19. Kyle Busch + 0.262s
20. Dale Earnhardt + 0.280s
21. Jimmie Johnson + 0.287s
22. Jamie McMurray + 0.288s
23. Jeff Burton + 0.290s
24. Kevin Harvick + 0.301s
25. Martin Truex + 0.306s
26. Brad Keselowski + 0.315s
27. Clint Bowyer + 0.332s
28. Mark Martin + 0.347s
29. Michael McDowell + 0.364s
30. AJ Allmendinger + 0.374s
31. Carl Edwards + 0.379s
32. Marcos Ambrose + 0.401s
33. Scott Speed + 0.467s
34. Reed Sorenson + 0.471s
35. Landon Cassill + 0.478s
36. Patrick Carpentier + 0.524s
37. Casey Mears + 0.526s
38. David Gilliland + 0.565s
39. JJ Yeley + 0.586s
40. Travis Kvapil + 0.711s
41. Kevin Conway + 0.787s
42. Tony Raines * + 0.950s
43. Dave Blaney + 0.610s
* Set by owner points

Did not qualify:

Joe Nemechek + 0.612s Mike Bliss + 0.741s Jason Leffler + 0.945s

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