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Kasey Kahne Tops 2015 Quicken Loans 400 Qualifying at Michigan

For the first time since 2012, Kasey Kahne will start a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from the pole.

Kahne put down a 201.992 mph lap in the final round of Coors Light Pole Qualifying to take the top spot for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The pole is the 27th of Kahne’s 12-year career. The 35-year-old will look to score his first win since Atlanta in 2014.

Kevin Harvick was forced to settle for second after topping the first two rounds of the session. Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, and Ryan Blaney will make up the rest of the top five.

On the same day that Phoenix International Raceway announced a name-change to honor him, Jeff Gordon qualified in sixth. Austin Dillon made his fourth-straight final round to qualify in seventh, with defending race winner Jimmie Johnson qualifying eighth.

Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth filled up the rest of the top 12 after making the final round.

Denny Hamlin appeared to have a car capable of qualifying on the pole, putting down the third-quickest time of the first round, but was eliminated after the second round when he put up the 13th-quickest lap.

Brendan Gaughan failed to qualify for Sunday’s race after putting down the first round’s slowest lap. With 44 entrants, Gaughan’s No. 62 team will be the only team to miss the race.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to action on Saturday for two practice sessions (9-9:55 a.m. and 12-12:55 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) in preparation for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400.


About the author

A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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