Talladega, AL (Sports Network) - Kasey Kahne claimed the pole for the Good Sam
Roadside Assistance 500 -- the fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup
championship -- after posting the quickest lap in Saturday's qualifying at
Kahne, who is one of the 12 drivers in the Chase field, turned a lap at
191.455 mph for his third pole of the season and the 25th of his Sprint Cup
Series career. It will be the first time he starts up front for a race at this
"It's fun to get my first pole at Talladega," Kahne said. "It's a tough track,
and I've never done that. (The car) felt good, and we'll see how it runs
tomorrow. It ran great (in practice) yesterday and really well today."
Ryan Newman, who is not in the Chase this year, secured the outside pole with
a lap at 191.145 mph.
Title contenders Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon
qualified third through sixth, respectively. Bowyer has won the last two fall
Sprint Cup races at Talladega.
Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr., a Chase driver, and Sam Hornish
Jr. completed the top-10.
The remaining Chase drivers and their starting positions include: Dale
Earnhardt Jr. (12th), Matt Kenseth (15th), Jimmie Johnson (17th), Kevin
Harvick (21st), Brad Keselowski (22nd) and Denny Hamlin (23rd).
Keselowski currently holds a five-point lead over Johnson and a 16-point
advantage over Hamlin. Bowyer is 25 markers out of the lead, while Stewart and
Kahne both trail by 32. Keselowski has won two of the first three Chase races.
He also won the spring event at Talladega in May.
All 43 drivers who attempted qualifying made the starting field for Sunday's
500-mile race at Talladega, which is scheduled to start just after 2 p.m.
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