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KAHNE CAPTURES NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES POLE AT INFINEON RACEWAY Kasey Kahne gave Ford its second pole of the 2010 season by running the fastest speed (93.893 mph) for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway. This marks the...

KAHNE CAPTURES NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES POLE AT INFINEON RACEWAY

Kasey Kahne gave Ford its second pole of the 2010 season by running the fastest speed (93.893 mph) for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway.

This marks the 17th NSCS pole for Kahne and first since winning the pole here at Infineon Raceway in 2008.

The other Ford pole this year came at Phoenix, where AJ Allmendinger claimed the top spot.

The last time a Ford sat on the pole at Infineon was 2007 when Jamie McMurray was the fastest.

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AJ ALLMENDINGER - No. 43 Insignia Ford Fusion (Qualified 15th)

"The Insignia Best Buy Ford is better. We've been struggling little bit today, just really loose rear grip-wise. We picked up about four-tenths from where we practiced and we made the car better. We definitely have to keep working on it to make it better, but I was happy we gained. We'll see where that puts us. Maybe that will put us around the top 15 or top 16. We'll just keep working on it for tomorrow. It was kind of the same thing last year. We struggled a little bit on Friday, and made it better on Saturday and were really good on Sunday, so I've got confidence in my guys and we just have to keep making it better."

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PAUL MENARD - No. 98 CertainTeed/Menards Ford Fusion (Qualified 18th)

"I messed up one of the esses, which kind of hurt me through there, and then it got slick into turn 11 under braking, so I left some time out there for sure. The car is really good. I hate that we won't be able to improve on it tomorrow, but I've got another good Ford back in Wisconsin, so I'm looking forward to running that one."

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DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 46th-DNF)

"I just got too free through that right-hander, turn eight or nine, but we had a good car. I feel like our back-up car can be just as good. It was just a mistake on my behalf. We changed it a little bit before qualifying and I was trying to get back to the throttle too early. I felt like we had an okay lap going, but I just tried to get too much and didn't have enough room once we got spun out."

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KASEY KAHNE - No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

"So far we have a good run going there. It was a fast lap for our Budweiser Ford. The team has done a really nice job. The car has been fast since we started and it's real similar to last year, so it's nice to drive it. I feel like I used up most of the race track and really got all I could there. Who knows if it will stick, but it was a good lap." HOW MUCH DOES CONFIDENCE COME INTO PLAY HERE? "I think it definitely helps. When you've won a race here, I think that definitely helps the next time you come back and it helps with the way your car is set up. We've learned from some of that stuff last year, so confidence is big everywhere in racing."

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GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 9th)

"That was a rush. The car was really, really fast and had a lot of grip. I just missed a couple spots. I'm still shaking a little bit, but it is what it is. It's a pretty good car. The car was handling so good that I got up on the curb in a few spots. It cut so good that I wasn't expecting it, and I got up on the curb at the top of the esses, the early part at the top and that's a lot of speed through there."

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CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Qualified 19th)

"We worked on race trim and that was really my first full lap in qualifying trim. It wasn't as fast as I wanted it to be, but it will be a starting spot and we'll just go race. I think our plan will work. It's what we have to do and we'll make the best of it. It will be good."

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BORIS SAID - No. 26 Air National Guard Ford Fusion (Qualified 17th)

"It was like 75 percent the first half of the lap and then I bumped it up another 10 because I thought I was going too slow. That's right what I was hoping for. I was hoping for a 17-flat or a 17.10 just to get us in and in the top 20, and I thought that would be a pretty good place to start. I'm happy. The California National Air Guard, we're gonna be working on it tomorrow and try to be fast."

IF YOU'RE GOING TO WIN ONE OF THESE IT'S GOING TO BE HERE OR WATKINS GLEN, SO WHAT ARE YOUR CHANCES? "Yeah, of course here or at the Glen. I mean, the closest I ever came was Daytona and who would have thought that. I love running here and I love being a part of this series and when you come here with a really fast Ford Fusion, it's a good feeling."

-source: ford racing

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