Nemechek on second consecutive pole

Joe Nemechek grabbed his second consecutive pole at Kansas Speedway with a lap of 29.974 seconds, turning one lap at 180.156 miles per hour. It is Nemechek's second pole of the season, and eighth of his career. "We're pretty happy about that,"...

Joe Nemechek grabbed his second consecutive pole at Kansas Speedway with a lap of 29.974 seconds, turning one lap at 180.156 miles per hour. It is Nemechek's second pole of the season, and eighth of his career.

"We're pretty happy about that," said Nemechek. "This team works so hard, and things are really starting to turn around. I feel really good about this weekend."

"We unloaded really well, the whole package.everything has been right," Nemechek continued. "My lap, that's as close as you can be to being out of control and still being in control of the race car.we're on a roll."

Kasey Kahne's lucky number for the weekend is "2". He will roll off from the outside pole in both the Busch and Cup races this weekend. Kahne sat on the pole for most of the event, until Nemechek's late run in the session knocked him from the top spot.

"That's a good starting spot for us," said Kahne. "I thought we had the pole, but we will take second."

Kahne's teammate and 10th place "Chase" contender, Jeremy Mayfield, rolls of the grid from the third position.

"We needed a little bit more, but we didn't get it," Mayfield said. "It's a good spot for us, all the guys have been working really hard."

Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte complete the top five. Cup series point leader, Kurt Busch, will take the green flag from 22nd position, while his main competition, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rolls off from eighth.

Busch inherited the lead Monday, after Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was penalized 25 points and fined $10,000 for use of foul language during a live television broadcast. Earnhardt now trails Busch by 12 points with seven races left to determine the inaugural NEXTEL Cup series champion.

"I am real happy with the lap," commented Earnhardt, who celebrates his 30th birthday this weekend. "We tested last month and worked really hard on race stuff, I can't wait to get into the car tomorrow and see what we got.

"We've got an appeal that we sent in that I feel real strong about. I expected to be penalized, it wasn't right, it wasn't correct; I don't disagree with the wrongness of it. I disagree with how the penalty was laid out. Points on the scoreboard belong on the scoreboard. We have to race like we lost 25 points."

Forty-seven cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field, failing to make the show were Mike Garvey, Mike Wallace, Morgan Shepard and Carl Long.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Joe Nemechek , Mike Wallace , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Carl Long , Mike Garvey