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Kasey Kahne on pole at Michigan

By AMANDA VINCENT

Kasey Kahne claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole of the 2015 season Friday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn with a 34.645-second/201.992 mph lap in the third and final round of qualifying for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400. It’s Kahne’s 27th-career pole and the third of his career at MIS. But it’s his first pole anywhere in 91 races, dating back to October 2012.

“Definitely a strong car today,” Kahne said. “The Great Clips Chevrolet was strong in practice this morning and right there all three rounds. It felt really good. Really comfortable with the car. I made a little mistake there into (turn) three on the final lap and over-drove the entry, because I felt like I could. I realized I couldn’t, so I had to get it back real quick and was still able to run the lap.”

Chevrolet swept the front row in qualifying, with Kevin Harvick posting the second-fastest lap in the final round to claim the starting spot alongside Kahne on the front row for Sunday’s race. Harvick turned in the fastest laps in each of the first two rounds of qualifying before winding up second to Kahne in round three. Harvick’s second-round lap of record matched the speed and time of Kahne’s pole-winning, third-round lap.

“We had solid practices, solid qualifying run there within a few hundredths of each run,” Harvick said. “Kasey was right there in the second round and put up a little better lap than we did. It’s still a good solid starting spot.”

Ford and Toyota claimed second-row starting spots, with Ford driver Brad Keselowski qualifying third and Toyota wheel man Carl Edwards taking the fourth spot.

Below, is the full starting grid for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway:

Row 1: Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet)
Row 2: Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford), Carl Edwards (No. 19 Toyota)
Row 3: Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford), Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Chevrolet)
Row 4: Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet), Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet)
Row 5: Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Chevrolet), Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota)
Row 6: Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford), Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota)
Row 7: Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet)
Row 8: Tony Stewart (No. 14 Chevrolet), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet)
Row 9: Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet), David Ragan (No. 55 Toyota)
Row 10: Danica Patrick (No. 10 Chevrolet), Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Ford)
Row 11: Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford), Ty Dillon (No. 33 Chevrolet)
Row 12: Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet), Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet)
Row 13: Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet), Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford)
Row 14: Casey Mears (No. 13 Chevrolet), Alex Bowman (No. 7 Chevrolet)
Row 15: Landon Cassill (No. 40 Chevrolet), Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 9 Ford)
Row 16: A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet), Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Toyota)
Row 17: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford), David Gilliland (No. 38 Ford)
Row 18: Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet), Justin Allgaier (No. 51 Chevrolet)
Row 19: Brett Moffitt (No. 34 Ford), Jeb Burton (No. 26 Toyota)
Row 20: Josh Wise (No. 98 Ford), Cole Whitt (No. 35 Ford)
Row 21: J.J. Yeley (No. 23 Toyota), Mike Bliss (No. 32 Ford)
Row 22: Matt DiBenedetto (No. 38 Toyota)

DNQ (did not qualify): Brendan Gaughan

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