BUSCH: Kahne earns first career pole at Michigan

BUSCH: Kahne earns first career pole at Michigan

Kasey Kahne nabbed the Busch series Bud pole award for Michigan International Speedway's Cabela 250 on Saturday. Kahne scored his first career pole with a lap of 186.490 mph around the two-mile oval. Kasey Kahne. Photo by...

Kasey Kahne nabbed the Busch series Bud pole award for Michigan International Speedway's Cabela 250 on Saturday. Kahne scored his first career pole with a lap of 186.490 mph around the two-mile oval.

Kasey Kahne.
Photo by Autostock.
"It wasn't a perfect lap, but it was pretty close," Kahne said. "I thought my first pole would be somewhere else. There are a lot of good drivers here this weekend -- ten Winston Cup drivers and all the Busch regular drivers. To sit on the pole and be in front of the field Saturday is a big accomplishment for this team."

David Reutimann, running a partial schedule for Joe Nemechek's Busch effort, rolls off from the outside pole in his seventh start of this season.

"It's cool to start up there in front of them (Winston Cup stars)", said Reutimann. "But they are going to be back there and we'll have to deal with them pretty quick.

Winston Cup regulars swept positions three through seven, with Casey Mears in third, followed by reigning Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, current championship point leader Matt Kenseth and Michael Waltrip.

"I thought this would be fun," said Stewart. "Dale Jr. wants to call the race from the pit box and I want to race one of his cars. He says he'll be my boss for the day, and that should be very interesting."

Scott Riggs, the Busch series championship point leader, only managed a lap of 183.439 mph and will have to work his way to the front from the 13th spot on the grid.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Joe Nemechek , Casey Mears , Scott Riggs , Kasey Kahne , David Reutimann