Kahne tops record-breaking Kansas qualifying

With cool temperatures and gusting winds, the newly reconfigured Kansas Speedway produced record-breaking speeds during Friday’s qualifying for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.

From the beginning of the session, drivers broke the previous track record set by Matt Kenseth in 2005 at 180.856 mph. And it was only the beginning.

As the session went on, the pole speed continued to be raised, eventually topping the 190 mph mark with the final cars taking time.

Taking to the track in search of his fourth pole of the 2012 season, Kasey Kahne set a lap averaging the 1.5-mile speedway at 191. 360 mph to take the top-spot as the session drew to a close.

After setting the fastest lap in the afternoon’s practice session, Greg Biffle wasn’t able to top the mark set by Kahne, qualifying his Ford in the eleventh position.

“I definitely gave up a little bit of time,” said Kahne after his qualifying lap. “I felt like I could go wide-open, so I went back to wide-open and it started chattering a little bit so I had to ease off the throttle.”

By winning his fourth pole of the season, Kahne also took the top-spot in qualifying for the 26th time in his Cup Series career. Since 2006, Kahne has the most poles among active Sprint Cup drivers with 20 of those awards to his name.

While Kahne won the pole, his fellow Chase contenders had a mixed bag of results during qualifying. And with track position being crucial this weekend, it could make or break championship hopes.

By setting laps over 190 mph, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin were both able to achieve top-10 starting positions for Sunday’s race in seventh and ninth respectively

However, points leader Brad Keselowski wasn’t as fortunate as he qualified his Dodge in the 25th starting position with a lap just under 189 mph.

With 46 cars attempting to qualifying for Sunday’s 43-car starting field, three drivers failed to qualify.

Cole Whitt, David Stremme and Jose Wise were the drivers unable to time their way into the starting field based on speed.

Hollywood Casino 400 Starting Lineup

  1. Kasey Kahne
  2. Mark Martin
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Aric Almirola
  6. Ryan Newman
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Greg Biffle
  12. Matt Kenseth
  13. AJ Allmedinger
  14. Paul Menard
  15. Sam Hornish Jr.
  16. Martin Truex Jr.
  17. Carl Edwards
  18. Marcos Ambrose
  19. Jeff Gordon
  20. Jeff Burton
  21. Jamie McMurray
  22. Bobby Labonte
  23. Michael McDowell
  24. Juan Pablo Montoya
  25. Brad Keselowski
  26. Landon Cassill
  27. JJ Yeley
  28. Casey Mears
  29. Kurt Busch
  30. Mike Bliss
  31. Travis Kvapil
  32. Trevor Bayne
  33. Tony Stewart
  34. Reed Sorenson
  35. Scott Speed
  36. Joe Nemechek
  37. David Ragan
  38. Kelly Bires
  39. David Gilliland
  40. Regan Smith
  41. Danica Patrick
  42. Dave Blaney
  43. Timmy Hill


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