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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, qualified seventh for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Johnson turned a lap of 28.296 seconds at 190.840 mph on the newly paved 1.5-mile oval.
“I had a great lap,” said Johnson, who has two Sprint Cup wins at Kansas (October 2008 and 2011). “The car is very fast. It’s awfully close up there at the top. It’s hard to look back at the lap and see where I could’ve been faster because you’re just driving your guts out, and really doing all that you can all the way around the track. You know it’s fast, you just don’t know if it’s fast enough. We had a very solid lap with our Lowe’s Chevrolet. I think we’re going to be strong on Sunday. We’ve been here so many days, I can’t figure out what day we’re on, but we’re on Friday, so come Sunday, we’ll be great.”
Kasey Kahne captured his 26th career Sprint Cup pole, his fourth of the season and his third at Kansas by posting a lap of 28.219 seconds at 191.360 mph, shattering the previous Sprint Cup qualifying record at Kansas of 29.858 seconds at 180.856 mph set on Oct. 8, 2005 by Matt Kenseth. All 46 drivers who attempted a qualifying lap posted speeds faster than Kenseth’s old mark.
Mark Martin will start on the outside of row one after turning a lap of 28.237 seconds at 191.238 mph. Clint Bowyer was third (28.253 seconds at 191.130 mph), while Kyle Busch (28.258 seconds at 191.096 mph) and Aric Almirola (28.274 seconds at 190.988 mph) rounded out the top-five.
Forty-six drivers attempted to qualify for the Hollywood Casino 400. Those not making the cut in the 43-car field were Josh Wise, David Stremme and Cole Whitt.
Chevrolet took the top spot among manufacturers via Kahne’s pole run. Toyota was next best at the hands of Martin. Ford was the third-fastest make thanks to Almirola, while 15th-quick Sam Hornish Jr., carried the flag for Dodge (28.407 seconds at 190.094 mph).
The Hollywood Casino 400 gets underway at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live coverage provided by ESPN beginning with a pre-race show at 1 p.m.