Kahne scores season final pole at HMS

Kasey Kahne turned the quickest lap in qualifying for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kahne's lap of 178.259 mph secured his sixth pole of the season and 12th of his career. "Qualifying lap felt good," said Kahne. "I got...

Kasey Kahne turned the quickest lap in qualifying for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kahne's lap of 178.259 mph secured his sixth pole of the season and 12th of his career.

"Qualifying lap felt good," said Kahne. "I got into turn one and felt like I missed it a little. But I made up for it in three and four. That was a good lap for us. It was really close there were a lot of cars right there."

Kahne's teammate Scott Riggs will join Kahne on the front row. Riggs turned a lap of 178.218 mph to grab second.

"It was a good pick up for us actually," said Riggs. "We didn't run anywhere near that in practice. We made some adjustments and got faster."

Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler and Jeff Burton complete the top five.

"We were bad in practice and we just worked on it a little bit more and really got it good," said Busch. "That was a good lap for us.all in all it was a pretty good day for us and we will go on and race on Sunday."

Notably, championship point leader Jimmie Johnson will take the green flag from the 14th starting spot.

"There is no conservative setup (for this weekend)," said 48 crew chief Chad Knaus. "If you have a conservative setup you'll go out there and get your butt whipped. You can't have that. You have to go out there with the goal that you are going to run competitive and run in the top 10 and that is what we are trying to do."

Juan Pablo Montoya, attempting to qualify for his first Nextel Cup event, will start 28th.

"It's great of Chip (Ganassi) to run four cars this weekend and give me a chance to get into a Cup car," said Montoya. "I am looking forward to work tomorrow. I think this is the first time that I am excited about practice. It's exciting, you don't want to come out here and not make the show or something."

Fifty-six cars attempted to make the forty-three car field. Failing to make the show were Ward Burton, Brandon Whitt, Bill Elliott, Casey Atwood, Kenny Wallace, David Ragan, Michael Waltrip, Mike Skinner, Derrike Cope, Kevin Lepage, Carl Long, Chad Chaffin and Morgan Shepard.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya