Kasey Kahne grabbed the pole at Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 129.964 mph. It is Kahne's second consecutive Cup pole of the year and sixth of his career. "I didn't know if it would be the pole, but I knew it was good (the ...
Kasey Kahne grabbed the pole at Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 129.964 mph. It is Kahne's second consecutive Cup pole of the year and sixth of his career.
"I didn't know if it would be the pole, but I knew it was good (the lap)," said Kahne. "I always know we have a good shot. It was fast in practice.I feel like we have a good race car for tomorrow night. It's awesome to win two straight Cup poles and two poles today at Richmond."
His Cup pole came after he clinched the Busch pole for tonight's Busch race at RIR.
"I like Richmond," said Kahne. "It's a fun track to race on. We tested up there last week and had a pretty good test. We've made a lot of progress on our short-track program and I'm getting more comfortable on these kinds of tracks as we get more races under our belt."
Ryan Newman was second quick with a lap of 129.801 mph. It was quite an effort for Newman who was fastest in practice but wrecked his primary car in the final minutes of happy hour. Newman was forced to a back-up car but not a problem for Newman, who leads the league in top-three starts.
"It's a good place to start," said Newman. "We will have decent pit selection. Maybe stay out of the first crash and have a chance to lead some laps.wish we could have gotten the pole. But, we got into the marbles up their in the fence and wrecked our car in practice.
"It's not the car we would have preferred, but we will be fine."
Tony Stewart was third. Stewart toured the .75-mile short track with a lap of 129.546 mph.
Kurt Busch and Elliott Sadler complete the top five.
"Richmond is my home track, there and Martinsville," said Sadler. "I have been going to races at Richmond as a fan my whole life since it so close to Emporia. Winning races is awesome but to win at home in front of all of our Virginia fans would be amazing.
"There is a lot of pressure to do well at home because you want to put on a good show, but you have to force yourself to try and look at it as just another race."
Defending race winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. starts a disappointing 27th.
"I always look forward to racing at Richmond," Earnhardt said. "It was one of the first places I went to as a kid to watch my dad race. It was a really neat place before it was reconfigured, but it's just as cool now.
"They did a great job paving the track last year. We were able to run side by side without any problems. I really like the line you run there to be competitive, because it really suits my style."
Point leader Jimmie Johnson did not fare much better. He will take the green flag from 28th spot.
"All the Hendrick cars seem to be struggling a little bit right now," said Johnson. "We've been struggling up here for a while. We run fine - top 5 and top 10, but just never really fought for the win, and hopefully we can get that changed around. But, we're off to a slow start right now."
Forty-seven cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field. Failing to make the show were Kevin LePage, Jeff Fuller, Kirk Shelmerdine and Carl Long.