Michigan NASCAR: Hendrick's Kasey Kahne takes first pole since 2012

Kasey Kahne claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole position since 2012 as he denied an in-form Kevin Harvick in qualifying at Michigan

Michigan NASCAR: Hendrick's Kasey Kahne takes first pole since 2012

Prior to the final shootout, points leader Harvick had dominated by going quickest in the first two rounds of qualifying after topping practice.

He then went to the top of the times in the decisive round, but was pipped by Kahne by 0.067 seconds.

Kahne's pole time matched what Harvick had managed in round two - 35.645s

Brad Keselowski was third ahead of Carl Edwards, while Ryan Blaney was a surprise fifth for Wood Brothers Racing.

Kahne's Hendrick Motorsports team-mates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson - the two winners at Michigan last year - had to settle for sixth and eighth respectively, split by Austin Dillon.

Fresh from his long-awaited first win of the campaign at Pocono last week, Martin Truex Jr was ninth ahead of Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth.

Denny Hamlin was the first of those to miss out on a place in the third segment, together with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart.

Kurt Busch was 24th and slowest in the second round, the Pocono pole winner in a back-up car after brushing the wall in practice.

Jamie McMurray headed those eliminated after the first round, after Danica Patrick had pushed him out of the top 24 with a late improvement while McMurray was in the pits.

Brendan Gaughan was the one driver from the 44-car field not to qualify for the race.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 35.645s -
2 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 35.712s 0.067s
3 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 35.741s 0.096s
4 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.809s 0.164s
5 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 35.811s 0.166s
6 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 35.823s 0.178s
7 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 35.836s 0.191s
8 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 35.882s 0.237s
9 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 35.896s 0.251s
10 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.916s 0.271s
11 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 35.925s 0.280s
12 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 36.076s 0.431s
13 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 36.012s -
14 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.013s -
15 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 36.061s -
16 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 36.102s -
17 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.117s -
18 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 36.184s -
19 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 36.279s -
20 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 36.294s -
21 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 36.324s -
22 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.330s -
23 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.340s -
24 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 36.440s -
25 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 36.599s -
26 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 36.605s -
27 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 36.630s -
28 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 36.657s -
29 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 36.660s -
30 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 36.788s -
31 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 36.812s -
32 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 36.814s -
33 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 36.814s -
34 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 36.831s -
35 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 36.984s -
36 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 37.104s -
37 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 37.195s -
38 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 37.202s -
39 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 37.331s -
40 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 37.333s -
41 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 37.654s -
42 Mike Bliss Go FAS Racing Ford 37.797s -
43 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 37.973s -
44 Brendan Gaughan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 38.431s -


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