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.
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.
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.
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