Kahne grabs the AdvoCare 500 pole

Kasey Kahne won the pole for Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a lap of 29.775 seconds (186.196 mph). It was Kahne’s 22nd career pole and third at the speedway.

[media-credit name=”CIA Stock Photo” align=”alignright” width=”238″][/media-credit]“It was a good lap. I was a little on the tight side so I had to slow down more than I would have liked getting into the corner, but once it did turn I had tons of grip and was able to get off turn two really well and down the backstretch turns three and four was pretty good too. Just worked out and worked out well for us. Definitely wasn’t a perfect lap, but it must have just been a little better than anyone else’s.” Kahne said.

Clint Bowyer will start outside the front row after turning a lap in 29.819 seconds.

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“That is a good start. Our Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet has been speed-wise all weekend long. We worried a little bit about our long runs today in practice. You can’t put too much emphasis on that, it was so hot today.” Bowyer said.

Kyle Busch will start third with a lap of 29.832 seconds (185.841 mph).

“Can’t say enough about all these guys on this Pedigree Camry. They did a great job this weekend. Done a real nice job. Hoping this is a little bit of an omen maybe for tomorrow night and we can go win one million bucks for some race fans with us.” Busch said.

Brian Vickers will start fourth with a lap of 29.832 seconds (185.772 mph).

“I thought we were better than that. It was a good run. The guys on the Red Bull Toyota did a good job — probably one of the best cars we’ve had in a while. Really proud of that. Think we’re going to be really good in the race tomorrow too. I guess I’m satisfied – pleased, but not satisfied.” Vickers said.

Four time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will start fifth.

“For when we went and the conditions, I thought that was a good lap time. It was a big pickup from yesterday. I think with all these clouds, guys will beat us. Just happy with the improvements we’ve been able to make and the performance we’ve been having lately. I feel like we have a really good race car.” Gordon said.

David Starr will represent race sponsor AdvoCare in the 43rd starting position.

Starting Lineup
AdvoCare 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway
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Pos. No. Driver Make Speed Time
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1 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 186.197 29.775
2 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 185.922 29.819
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 185.841 29.832
4 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 185.772 29.843
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 185.735 29.849
6 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 185.71 29.853
7 99 Carl Edwards Ford 185.561 29.877
8 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 185.542 29.88
9 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 185.486 29.889
10 22 Kurt Busch Dodge 185.325 29.915
11 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 185.288 29.921
12 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 185.176 29.939
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 185.127 29.947
14 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 185.115 29.949
15 16 Greg Biffle Ford 185.059 29.958
16 0 David Reutimann Toyota 184.8 30
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 184.462 30.055
18 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 184.272 30.086
19 6 David Ragan Ford 184.015 30.128
20 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 183.899 30.147
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 183.801 30.163
22 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 183.68 30.183
23 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 183.394 30.23
24 20 Joey Logano Toyota 183.382 30.232
25 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 183.339 30.239
26 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 183.152 30.27
27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 183.121 30.275
28 66 Michael McDowell Toyota 183.025 30.291
29 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 182.898 30.312
30 46 Scott Speed Ford 182.856 30.319
31 38 J.J. Yeley Ford 182.501 30.378
32 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 182.44 30.388
33 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 181.759 30.502
34 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 181.693 30.513
35 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 181.437 30.556
36 34 David Gilliland Ford 180.745 30.673
37 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 180.575 30.702
38 13 Casey Mears Toyota 180.252 30.757
39 60 Mike Skinner Toyota 180.012 30.798
40 32 Mike Bliss Ford 179.889 30.819
41 55 Travis Kvapil Ford 179.872 30.822
42 71 Andy Lally+* Ford 178.493 31.06
43 195 David Starr Ford 179.737 30.845

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