Kasey Kahne captured the pole for the Price Chopper 400, while his teammate, Paul Menard, qualified second to give Richard Petty Motorsports the front starting row for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway.
Kahne, who is in his last season with RPM, turned a lap of 174.644 m.p.h. around the 1.5-mile oval for his third pole of the season and the 19th of his Sprint Cup Series career. He also won the pole at Kansas in 2006.
“We needed a few adjustments for qualifying there, and the team did it perfect,” said Kahne, who finished 22nd in Friday’s lone practice at Kansas. “I ran very quick through [turns] one and two, and not as quick through three and four. Paul Menard was right there coming off of four, and he gained a lot. But it was still a great lap for our whole team…I’m glad we were able to win another pole. It’s been a little while.”
Kahne will drive an entry for Red Bull Racing next year before he takes over the wheel of Mark Martin’s No.5 car at Hendrick Motorsports in 2012.