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Cup - Kansas - Qualifying and practice

Kurt Busch will start on pole position for the Cup race at Kansas, with his brother Kyle immediately behind him. Alongside the Busch Boys are Juan Montoya and Brian Vickers.
Kurt Busch managed a few overnight tweaks to the #22 to sort out the handling issues that saw him spin during Friday's practice causing some front end damage to the car - and ended up topping the qualifying times by being the only driver to set a lap time under 31s ahead of Kansas Speedway's first Cup series summertime fixture.

It's Kurt's 13th career pole in his 377th start, but his first since Michigan a year ago. It's the best he's done at Kansas, his highest qualifying position here previously having been seventh.

Juan Montoya will start alongside him on the front row, with Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers making up the second row of the grid. Cup points leader Carl Edwards starts from seventh, but there was very bad news for Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jimmie Johnson who could do no better than 28th and 31st respectively - the worst showing of the season so far for the reigning Cup champion.

Tony Raines and TJ Bell failed to qualify for the 43-car field after Patrick Carpentier, Johnny Sauter and Dave Blaney went through based on car owners' points.

Qualifying times

1. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 30.901s (Leader) 174.752mph
2. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 31.007s (-0.106) 174.154mph
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 31.020s (-0.119) 174.081mph
4. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 31.036s (-0.135) 173.992mph
5. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 31.061s (-0.160) 173.852mph
6. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 31.087s (-0.186) 173.706mph
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 31.097s (-0.196) 173.650mph
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 31.104s (-0.203) 173.611mph
9. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 31.108s (-0.207) 173.589mph
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 31.125s (-0.224) 173.494mph
11. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 31.138s (-0.237) 173.421mph
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 31.144s (-0.243) 173.388mph
13. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 31.149s (-0.248) 173.360mph
14. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 31.169s (-0.268) 173.249mph
15. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 31.179s (-0.278) 173.193mph
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 31.196s (-0.295) 173.099mph
17. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 31.208s (-0.307) 173.033mph
18. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 31.231s (-0.330) 172.905mph
19. #6 David Ragan Ford 31.240s (-0.339) 172.855mph
20. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 31.255s (-0.354) 172.772mph
21. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 31.258s (-0.357) 172.756mph
22. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 31.259s (-0.358) 172.750mph
23. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 31.264s (-0.363) 172.723mph
24. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31.265s (-0.364) 172.717mph
25. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 31.303s (-0.402) 172.507mph
26. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 31.353s (-0.452) 172.232mph
27. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 31.389s (-0.488) 172.035mph
28. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 31.417s (-0.516) 171.882mph
29. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 31.418s (-0.517) 171.876mph
30. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 31.446s (-0.545) 171.723mph
31. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 31.473s (-0.572) 171.576mph
32. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 31.484s (-0.583) 171.516mph
33. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 31.487s (-0.586) 171.499mph
34. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 31.497s (-0.596) 171.445mph
35. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 31.533s (-0.632) 171.249mph
36. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 31.582s (-0.681) 170.984mph
37. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 31.616s (-0.715) 170.800mph
38. #34 David Gilliland Ford 31.625s (-0.724) 170.751mph
39. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 31.655s (-0.754) 170.589mph
40. #32 Patrick Carpentier+ Ford 31.852s (-0.951) 169.534mph
41. #7 Johnny Sauter+ Dodge 31.975s (-1.074) 168.882mph
42. #36 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet 32.173s (-1.272) 167.843mph
43. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 31.753s (-0.852) 170.063mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #37 Tony Raines Ford 31.820s (-0.919) 169.705mph
45. #150 T.J. Bell Toyota 31.846s (-0.945) 169.566mph

Practice 2

1. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 31.732s (Leader) 170.175 mph
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 31.742s (-0.010) 170.122 mph
3. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 31.749s (-0.017) 170.084 mph
4. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 31.837s (-0.105) 169.614 mph
5. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 31.858s (-0.126) 169.502 mph
6. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31.892s (-0.160) 169.322 mph
7. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 31.905s (-0.173) 169.253 mph
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 31.914s (-0.182) 169.205 mph
9. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 32.007s (-0.275) 168.713 mph
10. #6 David Ragan Ford 32.047s (-0.315) 168.503 mph
11. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 32.054s (-0.322) 168.466 mph
12. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 32.057s (-0.325) 168.450 mph
13. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 32.062s (-0.330) 168.424 mph
14. #34 David Gilliland Ford 32.085s (-0.353) 168.303 mph
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 32.113s (-0.381) 168.156 mph
16. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 32.157s (-0.425) 167.926 mph
17. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 32.177s (-0.445) 167.822 mph
18. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 32.186s (-0.454) 167.775 mph
19. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 32.190s (-0.458) 167.754 mph
20. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 32.190s (-0.458) 167.754 mph
21. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 32.191s (-0.459) 167.749 mph
22. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 32.202s (-0.470) 167.691 mph
23. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 32.207s (-0.475) 167.665 mph
24. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 32.227s (-0.495) 167.561 mph
25. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 32.230s (-0.498) 167.546 mph
26. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 32.246s (-0.514) 167.463 mph
27. #37 Tony Raines Ford 32.294s (-0.562) 167.214 mph
28. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 32.305s (-0.573) 167.157 mph
29. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 32.316s (-0.584) 167.100 mph
30. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 32.323s (-0.591) 167.064 mph
31. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 32.325s (-0.593) 167.053 mph
32. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 32.327s (-0.595) 167.043 mph
33. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 32.342s (-0.610) 166.966 mph
34. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 32.343s (-0.611) 166.960 mph
35. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 32.366s (-0.634) 166.842 mph
36. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 32.384s (-0.652) 166.749 mph
37. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 32.420s (-0.688) 166.564 mph
38. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 32.425s (-0.693) 166.538 mph
39. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 32.467s (-0.735) 166.323 mph
40. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 32.661s (-0.929) 165.335 mph
41. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 32.679s (-0.947) 165.244 mph
42. #150 T.J. Bell Toyota 32.688s (-0.956) 165.198 mph
43. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 32.708s (-0.976) 165.097 mph
44. #32 Patrick Carpentier Ford 33.303s (-1.571) 162.148 mph
45. #7 Johnny Sauter Dodge 33.692s (-1.960) 160.275 mph

Practice 1

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 31.917s (Leader) 169.189 mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 32.011s (-0.094) 168.692 mph
3. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 32.074s (-0.157) 168.361 mph
4. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 32.145s (-0.228) 167.989 mph
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 32.167s (-0.250) 167.874 mph
6. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 32.184s (-0.267) 167.785 mph
7. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 32.211s (-0.294) 167.645 mph
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 32.227s (-0.310) 167.561 mph
9. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 32.241s (-0.324) 167.489 mph
10. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 32.255s (-0.338) 167.416 mph
11. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 32.273s (-0.356) 167.322 mph
12. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 32.367s (-0.450) 166.837 mph
13. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 32.381s (-0.464) 166.764 mph
14. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 32.383s (-0.466) 166.754 mph
15. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 32.389s (-0.472) 166.723 mph
16. #6 David Ragan Ford 32.432s (-0.515) 166.502 mph
17. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 32.432s (-0.515) 166.502 mph
18. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 32.440s (-0.523) 166.461 mph
19. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 32.441s (-0.524) 166.456 mph
20. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 32.451s (-0.534) 166.405 mph
21. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 32.468s (-0.551) 166.318 mph
22. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 32.487s (-0.570) 166.220 mph
23. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 32.491s (-0.574) 166.200 mph
24. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 32.494s (-0.577) 166.184 mph
25. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 32.500s (-0.583) 166.154 mph
26. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 32.509s (-0.592) 166.108 mph
27. #37 Tony Raines Ford 32.528s (-0.611) 166.011 mph
28. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 32.539s (-0.622) 165.955 mph
29. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 32.561s (-0.644) 165.843 mph
30. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 32.640s (-0.723) 165.441 mph
31. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 32.662s (-0.745) 165.330 mph
32. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 32.696s (-0.779) 165.158 mph
33. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 32.698s (-0.781) 165.148 mph
34. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 32.739s (-0.822) 164.941 mph
35. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 32.769s (-0.852) 164.790 mph
36. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 32.829s (-0.912) 164.489 mph
37. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 32.830s (-0.913) 164.484 mph
38. #150 T.J. Bell Toyota 32.956s (-1.039) 163.855 mph
39. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 32.990s (-1.073) 163.686 mph
40. #34 David Gilliland Ford 33.102s (-1.185) 163.132 mph
41. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 33.125s (-1.208) 163.019 mph
42. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 33.243s (-1.326) 162.440 mph
43. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 33.248s (-1.331) 162.416 mph
44. #7 Johnny Sauter Dodge 33.403s (-1.486) 161.662 mph
45. #32 Patrick Carpentier Ford 33.538s (-1.621) 161.011 mph

* Denotes Rookie
+ Set by Owner Points



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