Rookie JJ Yeley almost had the Budweiser pole award in his hand, when Kasey Kahne went out late and trumped him for the top spot. Kahne clipped off a lap of 190.315 mph - the only car to break the 190 mph mark. It is Kahne's second pole of the...
Rookie JJ Yeley almost had the Budweiser pole award in his hand, when Kasey Kahne went out late and trumped him for the top spot. Kahne clipped off a lap of 190.315 mph - the only car to break the 190 mph mark.
It is Kahne's second pole of the season and eighth of his career, his first pole this year in Atlanta turned into the race win.
"It was a great lap," Kahne commented. "We had a great draw. It's always good to draw late with the sun going down a little bit. I think we've got a good shot to win Sunday, as good as anybody else...I knew with no mistakes it was a car that could sit on the pole."
Yeley will start on the outside pole with a lap of 189.374. It is Yeley's best time trial effort of the season coming at his series debut at TMS.
"It was a really good run," said Yeley. "I was lucky to even get out. The team had some problems in tech and had to go through again and we were on the five minute clock. So, I wanted to go out there and run a good lap...it's a good pit stall for Sunday."
Mark Martin was third with an effort of 189.029 mph.
"We really feel good right now about where our team is and our cars and everything. We love this track. We had a great run the last time we were here and hopefully we can come back and do the same. This is the time of my life. I never dreamed that it would be, but I'm sure that a couple of years down the road I'll be able to look at 2006 and say that was the good old days.
Jeff Green and Greg Biffle complete the top five.
"I didn't think that was going to hold up," said Biffle who held the pole in the early stages of qualifying. "That is still a great starting spot for us; we just left a little bit out on the racetrack. We have a good car for Sunday."
Forty-eight drivers attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field, failing to make the show were Kenny Wallace, Chad Chaffin, Chad Blount, Brent Sherman and Stanton Barrett.
Notably, Joe Nemechek and Barrett both wrecked in practice destroying their primary cars. Nemechek qualified in a back-up car in 17th while Barrett, as noted, missed the race.