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Cup: Kansas - Qualifying times

Kasey Kahne made a late run for the pole position and pipped Mark Martin by 0.018s, in a record time over 10mph faster than the previous lap record at Kansas Speedway.
The new paving and configuration of the 1.5-mile tri-oval Kansas Speedway had certainly upped the pace for the Cup drivers: after several days of extra practice to dial themselves into the circuit ahead of this weekend's Hollywood Casino 400, every single one of the 46 qualifiers beat the previous lap record for the track.

Kasey Kahne finally ended up on pole, scoring his 26th career pole in his 320th race. It's his third pole at Kansas in 11 races, tying Jimmie Johnson for the most starts at the front. It's his fourth pole of the season, typing Mark Martin - who will start alongside him for Sunday's race after his own qualifying lap was just 0.018s back from Kahne's laptime of 28.219s (191.360mph). That compared with Matt Kenseth's long standing track record of 29.858s (180.856 mph) from 2005, with Kahne himself labelling the new -look Kansas as "stupid fast."

Cole Whitt, David Stremme and Josh Wise were the three drivers who failed to make the 43-car grid on qualifying speed.

Denny Hamlin took part in qualifying on Friday, despite admitting that he had been left with dizziness after a hard hit in pre-event testing of the newly-laid surface at the Speedway on Thursday, which saw him lose control in turn 1 and hit the wall at high speed.

Qualifying times

1. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.219s (Leader) 191.360mph
2. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.237s (-0.018) 191.238mph
3. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.253s (-0.034) 191.130mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.258s (-0.039) 191.096mph
5. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.274s (-0.055) 190.988mph
6. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.294s (-0.075) 190.853mph
7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.296s (-0.077) 190.840mph
8. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.300s (-0.081) 190.813mph
9. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.314s (-0.095) 190.718mph
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.360s (-0.141) 190.409mph
11. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.363s (-0.144) 190.389mph
12. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.365s (-0.146) 190.376mph
13. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 28.398s (-0.179) 190.154mph
14. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.401s (-0.182) 190.134mph
15. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 28.407s (-0.188) 190.094mph
16. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.430s (-0.211) 189.940mph
17. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.434s (-0.215) 189.913mph
18. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.447s (-0.228) 189.827mph
19. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.493s (-0.274) 189.520mph
20. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.516s (-0.297) 189.367mph
21. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.531s (-0.312) 189.268mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.531s (-0.312) 189.268mph
23. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.532s (-0.313) 189.261mph
24. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.594s (-0.375) 188.851mph
25. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.606s (-0.387) 188.772mph
26. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.625s (-0.406) 188.646mph
27. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 28.627s (-0.408) 188.633mph
28. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.632s (-0.413) 188.600mph
29. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.667s (-0.448) 188.370mph
30. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.697s (-0.478) 188.173mph
31. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.701s (-0.482) 188.147mph
32. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.715s (-0.496) 188.055mph
33. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.745s (-0.526) 187.859mph
34. #191 Reed Sorenson Toyota 28.760s (-0.541) 187.761mph
35. #195 Scott Speed Ford 28.762s (-0.543) 187.748mph
36. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.788s (-0.569) 187.578mph
37. #34 David Ragan Ford 28.804s (-0.585) 187.474mph
38. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.841s (-0.622) 187.234mph
39. #88 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.849s (-0.630) 187.182mph
40. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28.893s (-0.674) 186.896mph
41. #36 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet 29.384s (-1.165) 183.773mph
42. #32 Timmy Hill+ Ford 29.408s (-1.189) 183.624mph
43. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 28.833s (-0.614) 187.285mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 28.896s (-0.677) 186.877mph
45. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.028s (-0.809) 186.027mph
46. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.589s (-1.370) 182.500mph

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

Practice 1 times

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.226s (Leader) 191.313 mph
2. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.272s (-0.046) 191.002 mph
3. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.288s (-0.062) 190.894 mph
4. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.328s (-0.102) 190.624 mph
5. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.333s (-0.107) 190.590 mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.370s (-0.144) 190.342 mph
7. #88 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.372s (-0.146) 190.329 mph
8. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.405s (-0.179) 190.107 mph
9. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 28.415s (-0.189) 190.040 mph
10. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.430s (-0.204) 189.940 mph
11. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.460s (-0.234) 189.740 mph
12. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.485s (-0.259) 189.574 mph
13. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.485s (-0.259) 189.574 mph
14. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.490s (-0.264) 189.540 mph
15. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.492s (-0.266) 189.527 mph
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.496s (-0.270) 189.500 mph
17. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.500s (-0.274) 189.474 mph
18. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.511s (-0.285) 189.401 mph
19. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.520s (-0.294) 189.341 mph
20. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.520s (-0.294) 189.341 mph
21. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.558s (-0.332) 189.089 mph
22. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 28.574s (-0.348) 188.983 mph
23. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.614s (-0.388) 188.719 mph
24. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28.619s (-0.393) 188.686 mph
25. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.652s (-0.426) 188.469 mph
26. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.659s (-0.433) 188.423 mph
27. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.660s (-0.434) 188.416 mph
28. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.674s (-0.448) 188.324 mph
29. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.690s (-0.464) 188.219 mph
30. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 28.706s (-0.480) 188.114 mph
31. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.727s (-0.501) 187.977 mph
32. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 28.796s (-0.570) 187.526 mph
33. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 28.807s (-0.581) 187.454 mph
34. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 28.811s (-0.585) 187.428 mph
35. #38 David Gilliland Ford 28.830s (-0.604) 187.305 mph
36. #195 Scott Speed Ford 28.897s (-0.671) 186.871 mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 28.981s (-0.755) 186.329 mph
38. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 29.030s (-0.804) 186.014 mph
39. #179 Kelly Bires Ford 29.033s (-0.807) 185.995 mph
40. #191 Reed Sorenson Toyota 29.057s (-0.831) 185.842 mph
41. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.063s (-0.837) 185.803 mph
42. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.079s (-0.853) 185.701 mph
43. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.153s (-0.927) 185.230 mph
44. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.298s (-1.072) 184.313 mph
45. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 29.657s (-1.431) 182.082 mph
46. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.686s (-1.460) 181.904 mph



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