Rookie Kahne Tames Darlington

Kasey Kahne made a fastlap around Darlington Speedway. Kahne ran a lap of 171.716 giving him his 2nd Bud Pole of the season tying him with Ryan Newman. Dale Earnhardt Jr. who won last weeks race at Atlanta will start on the outside of Kahne in 2nd with a lap of 171.154.

 

Kasey Kahne made a fast lap around Darlington Speedway. Kahne ran a lap of 171.716 giving him his 2nd Bud Pole of the season tying him with Ryan Newman. Dale Earnhardt Jr. who won last weeks race at Atlanta will start on the outside of Kahne in 2nd with a lap of 171.154.

Greg Biffle will start 3rd and his teammate Kurt Busch will start 4th. Busch finished 2nd here last year losing to Ricky Craven in one of NASCAR closest finishes in the sport history. Craven will start from 36th but he won this race last year after starting 31st.

Derrike Cope will start 5th in the Arnold Development Companies Dodge. You heard me right, Cope starts in 5th!

Cope's team got attention this week after NASCAR ordered it to remove sponsorship decals from an Internet auto part classified ad service called Redneckjunk.com before last week's race at Atlanta. NASCAR officials said the sponsor didn't project the right image for the sport.

 The Penske teammates  of Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace will start 6th and 7th.Six time winner here at Darlington Jeff Gordon brushed the wall and was still able to run a lap fast enough to put him in the top 10 at 9th position.

Michael Waltrip didn't have that kind of luck. He brushed the wall hard coming out of turn 2 and was unable to complete his qualifying lap. He had to take a provisional and will start 38.

 Not all the Rookies had a good day at Darlington. Like Johnny Sauter who did make it around on his first lap, but broke loose coming to pit road the next time around and slid backward into water barriers guarding the inside wall at the entrance to pit road. He wound up 24th on the starting grid.  

 

Stanton Barrett was the only care that DNQ for Sundays Race.

 

 

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By: Eddie


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