TALLADEGA, Ala. – Kasey Kahne scored his first career restrictor plate pole on Saturday by taking the top spot for Sunday's Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver took his third pole of the season and 25th of his career with a lap of 191.455 mph.
“I knew we had a fast car yesterday in the draft, it seemed really fast and could kind of go wherever I wanted," said Kahne. "Today when I left the pits it just got up through the gears really quick and just felt good. It felt like the engine was running strong. I kind of held a line right around the bottom of the track where they told me to go and it worked. It's my first pole at this track and at this type of a race track so it feels pretty good."
Ryan Newman will start outside the front row in his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.
"We will just have to see," Newman said of his strategy for Sunday's race. "It's a unique race and we want to be there at the end. Whatever we have to do to be there at the end is what we will try to do.”
Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.
Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. completed the first 10 qualifiers.
Other Chase drivers qualified further back in the field including Brad Keselowski (22nd), Jimmie Johnson (17th) and