Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kahne on pole for Great Clips 300

Kasey Kahne won the pole for Saturday's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first Nationwide Series pole since Richmond in May 2008.

This is Kahne's first pole at Atlanta and his eighth in 163 Nationwide starts.

Kahne's lap of 181.479 mph in the No. 38 Great Clips Toyota was enough to beat Kyle Busch for the top starting spot in Saturday's qualifying session.

Busch will start on the outside of the front row. The reigning series champion has 10 wins this season and is looking to make history tonight by claiming his 11th, which would break the record for most wins in a single season by a driver in the series.

Rounding out the top five are Reed Sorenson, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards. Points leader Brad Keselowski will start 15th.

Nine of the top 10 starting positions are commanded by Sprint Cup regulars. The lone exception is Josh Wise, who will roll out sixth.

The Great Clips 300 will be broadcast on ESPN2 tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Green flag is scheduled for 7:16 p.m. ET.

Starting lineup for the Great Clips 300:

1. Kasey Kahne
2. Kyle Busch
3. Reed Sorenson
4. Ryan Newman
5. Carl Edwards
6. Josh Wise
7. Jamie McMurray
8. Kevin Harvick
9. Paul Menard
10. Joey Logano
11. Trevor Bayne
12. Jason Leffler
13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
14. David Gilliland
15. Brad Keselowski
16. Clint Bowyer
17. Mike Bliss
18. Matt Kenseth
19. Kevin Hamlin
20. Justin Allgaier
21. Chase Miller
22. Mike Wallace
23. Jason Keller
24. Dennis Setzer
25. Joe Nemechek
26. Michael McDowell
27. Brad Baker
28. Danny O'Quinn Jr.
29. Willie Allen
30. Brian Scott
31. Kevin Lepage
32. Michael Annett
33. Brendan Gaughan
34. Brian Keselowski
35. John Wes Townley
36. Eric McClure
37. Steve Wallace
38. Jeff Green
39. Tony Raines
40. Kenny Wallace
41. Mark Green
42. Robert Richardson Jr.
43. Johnny Chapman

Did Not Qualify:
Jeremy Clements


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