CUP: Kahne Captures Vegas Pole

Kasey Kahne took the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, setting a new track record in the process.

For the first time, the 190 mile-per-hour threshold was crossed at the 1.5-mile track.

Kahne, who has not had much luck so far this season, ran 190.456 mph in his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to win his 23rd career pole and his first with his new team.

“I always like racing at Vegas,” said Kahne.

Right behind Kahne was hometown favorite Kyle Busch, who ran 190.040 mph in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

On row two were the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick, who at 190.014 mph was the last man to break the 190 mph barrier, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Clint Bowyer was next in a Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Martin Truex Jr.

Timmy Hill qualified for his first Sprint Cup race, while Robby Gordon and Scott Riggs failed to qualify.


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