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Darlington Showtime Southern 500 - Qualifying

Kasey Kahne likes Darlington, and pole position seemed entirely fitting for him as he saw off strong runs from Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards to lead the field to the green flag on Saturday night.
Coming off a strong third place finish at Richmond last week, Red Bull's Kasey Kahne showed he's very much on form and keeping the momentum going by shattering the lead lap time at Darlington Raceway in qualifying for Saturday night's Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup race.

His lap time of 27.131 seconds was set with an average lap speed of 181.254mph and gives him Kahne's first pole position of the season and the 21st of his Cup Series career. Three of those were at Darlington, although he's not taken the top spot since the switch to the Car of Tomorrow.

"I think the first three times we qualified here we were on the pole when I first came into this series," he said. "We've came pretty close a few times with this car, but we just haven't been quite as fast."

He'll line up alongside Ryan Newman on the front row, with Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards on the second row behind them. Kyle Busch will start from 14th, Jimmie Johnson from 19th, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. - currently fourth in the Sprint Cup points - qualified in 30th.

Scott Riggs, Andy Lally and Brian Keselowski failed to qualify for the 43-car grid.

Qualifying times

1. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 27.131s (Leader) 181.254mph
2. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 27.255s (-0.124) 180.429mph
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 27.300s (-0.169) 180.132mph
4. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 27.323s (-0.192) 179.980mph
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 27.346s (-0.215) 179.829mph
6. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 27.370s (-0.239) 179.671mph
7. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 27.404s (-0.273) 179.448mph
8. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 27.433s (-0.302) 179.259mph
9. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 27.456s (-0.325) 179.108mph
10. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 27.460s (-0.329) 179.082mph
11. #6 David Ragan Ford 27.461s (-0.330) 179.076mph
12. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 27.491s (-0.360) 178.880mph
13. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 27.536s (-0.405) 178.588mph
14. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 27.558s (-0.427) 178.445mph
15. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 27.568s (-0.437) 178.381mph
16. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 27.586s (-0.455) 178.264mph
17. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 27.602s (-0.471) 178.161mph
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 27.611s (-0.480) 178.103mph
19. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 27.621s (-0.490) 178.038mph
20. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 27.628s (-0.497) 177.993mph
21. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 27.629s (-0.498) 177.987mph
22. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 27.634s (-0.503) 177.955mph
23. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 27.647s (-0.516) 177.871mph
24. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 27.654s (-0.523) 177.826mph
25. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 27.665s (-0.534) 177.755mph
26. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 27.670s (-0.539) 177.723mph
27. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 27.678s (-0.547) 177.672mph
28. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 27.687s (-0.556) 177.614mph
29. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 27.770s (-0.639) 177.083mph
30. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 27.827s (-0.696) 176.721mph
31. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 27.833s (-0.702) 176.682mph
32. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 27.879s (-0.748) 176.391mph
33. #150 T.J. Bell Toyota 27.903s (-0.772) 176.239mph
34. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 27.909s (-0.778) 176.201mph
35. #37 Tony Raines Ford 27.911s (-0.780) 176.189mph
36. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 27.921s (-0.790) 176.126mph
37. #34 David Gilliland Ford 28.025s (-0.894) 175.472mph
38. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 28.035s (-0.904) 175.409mph
39. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 28.044s (-0.913) 175.353mph
40. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 28.054s (-0.923) 175.290mph
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.165s (-1.034) 174.600mph
42. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 28.225s (-1.094) 174.229mph
43. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 28.235s (-1.104) 174.167mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 28.247s (-1.116) 174.093mph
45. #71 Andy Lally Ford 28.613s (-1.482) 171.866mph
46. #192 Brian Keselowski Dodge 28.776s (-1.645) 170.892mph

Practice 2

Practice 2 was abandoned because of persistent rain.

Practice 1

Practice 1 was truncated because of the start of rain.

1. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 27.812s (Leader) 176.816 mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 27.894s (-0.082) 176.296 mph
3. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 27.996s (-0.184) 175.654 mph
4. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.018s (-0.206) 175.516 mph
5. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 28.019s (-0.207) 175.510 mph
6. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.024s (-0.212) 175.478 mph
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.072s (-0.260) 175.178 mph
8. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.076s (-0.264) 175.153 mph
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.118s (-0.306) 174.891 mph
10. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.145s (-0.333) 174.724 mph
11. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.153s (-0.341) 174.674 mph
12. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.192s (-0.380) 174.432 mph
13. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 28.204s (-0.392) 174.358 mph
14. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.224s (-0.412) 174.235 mph
15. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.256s (-0.444) 174.037 mph
16. #6 David Ragan Ford 28.330s (-0.518) 173.583 mph
17. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.338s (-0.526) 173.534 mph
18. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 28.418s (-0.606) 173.045 mph
19. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 28.437s (-0.625) 172.930 mph
20. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.501s (-0.689) 172.541 mph
21. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.512s (-0.700) 172.475 mph
22. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.517s (-0.705) 172.445 mph
23. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.522s (-0.710) 172.414 mph
24. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.530s (-0.718) 172.366 mph
25. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 28.543s (-0.731) 172.287 mph
26. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 28.552s (-0.740) 172.233 mph
27. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 28.556s (-0.744) 172.209 mph
28. #150 T.J. Bell Toyota 28.560s (-0.748) 172.185 mph
29. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.590s (-0.778) 172.004 mph
30. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.591s (-0.779) 171.998 mph
31. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 28.602s (-0.790) 171.932 mph
32. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 28.603s (-0.791) 171.926 mph
33. #37 Tony Raines Ford 28.626s (-0.814) 171.788 mph
34. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 28.691s (-0.879) 171.399 mph
35. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.751s (-0.939) 171.041 mph
36. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 28.773s (-0.961) 170.910 mph
37. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 28.795s (-0.983) 170.780 mph
38. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 28.797s (-0.985) 170.768 mph
39. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.805s (-0.993) 170.720 mph
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.881s (-1.069) 170.271 mph
41. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 28.964s (-1.152) 169.783 mph
42. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.045s (-1.233) 169.310 mph
43. #34 David Gilliland Ford 29.101s (-1.289) 168.984 mph
44. #192 Brian Keselowski* Dodge 29.310s (-1.498) 167.779 mph
45. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 29.461s (-1.649) 166.919 mph
46. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge No time



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