Kahne wins CARFAX 400 poleShare
Qualifying late in the day seemed to make the difference for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson during Meijer Pole Day at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.
Johnson laid down a lap of 187.086 mph, which was fast enough to best Clint Bowyer’s lap of 186.577 mph. However, Kahne followed Johnson just three cars later and posted the fastest time of 187.183 mph, giving him his second career pole at MIS.
With qualifying starting later in the day, hot temperatures posted fast time throughout Meijer Pole Day, but drivers qualifying later in the day were running the fastest speeds with Kahne, Johnson and Bowyer all going out in the final five qualifying spots before the go-or-go-homers.
“It was a good lap,” Kahne said. “We ran top two here in the spring. We didn’t have anything for Denny Hamlin in the first race, but were easily the second best car. I felt really good in practice today. If you can move around here and find grip in different spots on the track, which is the neat thing about Michigan, I think you can be fast and have a great shot at winning on Sunday or at least running top-five throughout the race.”
Kahne’s first career pole at MIS came in June 2006, a race he won for his first and only Cup victory at the Irish Hills track.
Johnson will start on the outside row for Sunday’s CARFAX 400, for the second time in two years. Bowyer and Tony Stewart will start on row two.
Tickets are still available for Sunday’s CARFAX 400 by visiting MISpeedway.com or calling 800-354-1010. Walk-up pricing is also available on the day of the race.
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