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(October 19, 2012)
KANSAS CITY, Kansas—
Championship contender Kasey Kahne
shattered the track record at repaved Kansas Speedway on Friday, turning a lap of 191.360 mph to take the pole for Sunday's race.
Michael Waltrip Racing
teammates Mark Martin
and Clint Bowyer
were next fastest, and all 43 cars in the field broke the previous record of 180.856 set by Matt Kenseth
Bowyer, a Kansas native, is coming off a win last week at Charlotte that put him back in the championship picture. He trails leader Brad Keselowski
by 28 points.
Keselowski will start 25th after a lousy qualifying run. Only three-time NASCAR
champion Tony Stewart
qualified worse of the Chase drivers in 33rd. Regan Smith
qualified 40th in Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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