Kahne captures the Kobalt Tools 400 pole

[media-credit name=”David Yeazell” align=”alignright” width=”208″][/media-credit]Kasey Kahne captured the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a track record lap of 190.456 MPH (28.353 secs). This was Kahne’s 23rd career cup pole and his first since joining Hendrick Motorsports.

“It was a good lap. We carried a lot of speed to the line in the Farmers Insurance Chevy. I got through (Turns) 1 and 2 really well. When I got to (Turn) 3, I was a little bit tight and just had a little more wheel than what I would have liked coming off of (Turn) 4 and back to the line. So I knew I was a little on the tight side. But I still felt like it was a good run and the Hendrick engine runs so well it pulls you there. That was a good lap. It was faster in practice today. We did a lot of race trim stuff and then we made a couple of runs right at the end.” Kahne said.

Overall, 15 drivers broke Matt Kenseth’s record lap of 188.884 mph set in 2011.


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Kyle Busch qualified second. “The M&M’s Camry drove great. Dave(crew chief) and the guys did a nice job so hoping that second place starting spot is good for Sunday and keeps us up front with our track position.” Busch said.

Kevin Harvick third. “Yeah, these guys on this Budweiser Chevy are making me look good on qualifying days.” Harvick said.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Clint Bowyer qualified fifth.

“I’m pretty happy with how we ended up. We struggled in qualifying last year and wanted to work on that this year and this is a good result, so hopefully we’re making some gains there.” Earnhardt Jr. said.

Starting Lineup
Kobalt Tools 400, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/Cup/qual.php?race=3
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 190.456 28.353
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 190.04 28.415
3 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 190.014 28.419
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 189.873 28.44
5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 189.807 28.45
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 189.773 28.455
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 189.667 28.471
8 20 Joey Logano Toyota 189.62 28.478
9 16 Greg Biffle Ford 189.5 28.496
10 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 189.421 28.508
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 189.208 28.54
12 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 189.148 28.549
13 55 Mark Martin Toyota 188.97 28.576
14 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 188.937 28.581
15 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 188.91 28.585
16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 188.758 28.608
17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 188.712 28.615
18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 188.436 28.657
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 188.16 28.699
20 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 188.134 28.703
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford 188.088 28.71
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 187.754 28.761
23 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 187.669 28.774
24 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 187.663 28.775
25 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 187.363 28.821
26 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 187.305 28.83
27 43 Aric Almirola Ford 186.987 28.879
28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 186.987 28.879
29 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 186.78 28.911
30 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 185.65 29.087
31 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 185.644 29.088
32 13 Casey Mears Ford 185.274 29.146
33 26 Josh Wise* Ford 184.837 29.215
34 38 David Gilliland Ford 184.685 29.239
35 34 David Ragan Ford 184.388 29.286
36 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 184.37 29.289
37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 184.175 29.32
38 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 183.949 29.356
39 98 Michael McDowell Ford 183.861 29.37
40 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 183.542 29.421
41 32 Ken Schrader Ford 183.306 29.459
42 37 Timmy Hill* Ford 182.877 29.528
43 30 David Stremme Toyota 182.704 29.556

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