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Cup: Talladega - Qualifying times

Kasey Kahne claimed pole position for the autumn race at Talladega Superspeedway, with Ryan Newman starting alongside him on the front row.
Kasey Kahne claimed pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Speedway, a lap of 50.017s (191.455mph) just 0.081s up on that of Ryan Newman over the 2.66-mile circuit. It's Kahne's third pole position of 2012 since he moved to Hendrick Motorsports, and his 25th pole in 318 series starts, but the first time that he'll start from pole at Talladega.

Chae contenders Clint Bowyer (3rd), Tony Stewart (4th), Greg Biffle (5th), Jeff Gordon (6th) and Martin Truex Jr. (9th) all start in the top ten, but it was a tough day for two of the leading contenders for the 2012 Chase after Brad Keselowski (22nd) and Denny Hamlin (23rd) were the slowest of the Chase field in qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

With only 43 cars entered, everyone made the grid for Sunday's Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500.

Practice on Friday saw Travis Kvapil topping the times in the first practice with a lap of 47.772s (200.452 mph) after concentrating on running some 200 lap with drafting partner Casey Mears. However it seemed that some drivers were backing off from fast runs, possibly in a strategic move relating to their order in qualifying: Jimmie Johnson put in the 37th fastest time.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the Happy Hour later practice session with 48.462s (197.598 mph), 0.019s faster that Kurt Busch in his last outing for Phoenix Racing before moving to his new seat for 2013 with Furniture Row Racing. 11 drivers opted not to run in the session, and many ran limited laps as they sought to save their engines for the gruelling Sunday race.

Qualifying times

1. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 50.017s (Leader) 191.455mph
2. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 50.098s (-0.081) 191.145mph
3. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 50.105s (-0.088) 191.119mph
4. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 50.138s (-0.121) 190.993mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 50.148s (-0.131) 190.955mph
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 50.176s (-0.159) 190.848mph
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 50.193s (-0.176) 190.784mph
8. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 50.208s (-0.191) 190.727mph
9. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 50.225s (-0.208) 190.662mph
10. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 50.234s (-0.217) 190.628mph
11. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 50.277s (-0.260) 190.465mph
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 50.287s (-0.270) 190.427mph
13. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 50.289s (-0.272) 190.419mph
14. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 50.296s (-0.279) 190.393mph
15. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 50.302s (-0.285) 190.370mph
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 50.312s (-0.295) 190.332mph
17. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 50.321s (-0.304) 190.298mph
18. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 50.321s (-0.304) 190.298mph
19. #13 Casey Mears Ford 50.353s (-0.336) 190.177mph
20. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 50.355s (-0.338) 190.170mph
21. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 50.370s (-0.353) 190.113mph
22. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 50.459s (-0.442) 189.778mph
23. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 50.467s (-0.450) 189.748mph
24. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 50.469s (-0.452) 189.740mph
25. #34 David Ragan Ford 50.502s (-0.485) 189.616mph
26. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 50.519s (-0.502) 189.552mph
27. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 50.565s (-0.548) 189.380mph
28. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 50.582s (-0.565) 189.316mph
29. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 50.660s (-0.643) 189.025mph
30. #30 David Stremme Toyota 50.681s (-0.664) 188.947mph
31. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 50.722s (-0.705) 188.794mph
32. #38 David Gilliland Ford 50.740s (-0.723) 188.727mph
33. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 50.761s (-0.744) 188.649mph
34. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 50.764s (-0.747) 188.638mph
35. #97 Timmy Hill Toyota 50.848s (-0.831) 188.326mph
36. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 50.856s (-0.839) 188.296mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 50.936s (-0.919) 188.001mph
38. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 50.940s (-0.923) 187.986mph
39. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 51.083s (-1.066) 187.460mph
40. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 51.211s (-1.194) 186.991mph
41. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 51.268s (-1.251) 186.783mph
42. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 51.404s (-1.387) 186.289mph
43. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 51.500s (-1.483) 185.942mph

Practice 2 times

1. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 48.462s (Leader) 197.598 mph
2. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 48.481s (-0.019) 197.521 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 48.844s (-0.382) 196.053 mph
4. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 48.870s (-0.408) 195.948 mph
5. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 48.935s (-0.473) 195.688 mph
6. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 48.948s (-0.486) 195.636 mph
7. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 49.028s (-0.566) 195.317 mph
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 49.029s (-0.567) 195.313 mph
9. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 49.038s (-0.576) 195.277 mph
10. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 49.118s (-0.656) 194.959 mph
11. #30 David Stremme Toyota 49.137s (-0.675) 194.884 mph
12. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 49.155s (-0.693) 194.812 mph
13. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 49.567s (-1.105) 193.193 mph
14. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 49.610s (-1.148) 193.026 mph
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 49.987s (-1.525) 191.570 mph
16. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 50.065s (-1.603) 191.271 mph
17. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 50.200s (-1.738) 190.757 mph
18. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 50.201s (-1.739) 190.753 mph
19. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 50.220s (-1.758) 190.681 mph
20. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 50.225s (-1.763) 190.662 mph
21. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 50.256s (-1.794) 190.544 mph
22. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 50.290s (-1.828) 190.416 mph
23. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 50.396s (-1.934) 190.015 mph
24. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 50.423s (-1.961) 189.913 mph
25. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 50.501s (-2.039) 189.620 mph
26. #13 Casey Mears Ford 50.575s (-2.113) 189.343 mph
27. #38 David Gilliland Ford 50.724s (-2.262) 188.786 mph
28. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 50.811s (-2.349) 188.463 mph
29. #97 Timmy Hill Toyota 50.818s (-2.356) 188.437 mph
30. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 50.896s (-2.434) 188.148 mph
31. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 50.907s (-2.445) 188.108 mph
32. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 51.332s (-2.870) 186.550 mph
33. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
34. #32 Terry Labonte Ford
35. #34 David Ragan Ford
36. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
37. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
38. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
39. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
40. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
41. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
42. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
43. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet

Practice 1 times

1. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 47.772s (Leader) 200.452 mph
2. #13 Casey Mears Ford 47.803s (-0.031) 200.322 mph
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 47.968s (-0.196) 199.633 mph
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 47.985s (-0.213) 199.562 mph
5. #34 David Ragan Ford 47.987s (-0.215) 199.554 mph
6. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 47.989s (-0.217) 199.546 mph
7. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 48.089s (-0.317) 199.131 mph
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 48.261s (-0.489) 198.421 mph
9. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 48.374s (-0.602) 197.958 mph
10. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 48.391s (-0.619) 197.888 mph
11. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 48.414s (-0.642) 197.794 mph
12. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 48.455s (-0.683) 197.627 mph
13. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 48.477s (-0.705) 197.537 mph
14. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 48.487s (-0.715) 197.496 mph
15. #38 David Gilliland Ford 48.496s (-0.724) 197.460 mph
16. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 48.501s (-0.729) 197.439 mph
17. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 48.529s (-0.757) 197.325 mph
18. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 48.536s (-0.764) 197.297 mph
19. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 48.566s (-0.794) 197.175 mph
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 48.622s (-0.850) 196.948 mph
21. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 48.632s (-0.860) 196.907 mph
22. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 48.670s (-0.898) 196.754 mph
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 48.671s (-0.899) 196.750 mph
24. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 48.682s (-0.910) 196.705 mph
25. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 48.694s (-0.922) 196.657 mph
26. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 48.732s (-0.960) 196.503 mph
27. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 48.934s (-1.162) 195.692 mph
28. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 48.965s (-1.193) 195.568 mph
29. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 48.985s (-1.213) 195.488 mph
30. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 49.035s (-1.263) 195.289 mph
31. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 49.041s (-1.269) 195.265 mph
32. #30 David Stremme Toyota 49.537s (-1.765) 193.310 mph
33. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 49.685s (-1.913) 192.734 mph
34. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 50.159s (-2.387) 190.913 mph
35. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 50.445s (-2.673) 189.831 mph
36. #97 Timmy Hill Toyota 50.446s (-2.674) 189.827 mph
37. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 50.515s (-2.743) 189.568 mph
38. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 50.677s (-2.905) 188.962 mph
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 50.922s (-3.150) 188.052 mph
40. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 50.976s (-3.204) 187.853 mph
41. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 51.162s (-3.390) 187.170 mph
42. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 51.223s (-3.451) 186.947 mph
43. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 51.401s (-3.629) 186.300 mph



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