Kahne Darlington Pole Winner

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DARLINGTON, S.C. - Rookie Kasey Kahne won his second career NASCAR Nextel Cup Bud Pole Friday in qualifying for Sunday's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway after he posted a fast lap of 171.716 mph around the "Track too Tough to Tame."

"To start first in the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 on Sunday means a great deal to the Dodge Dealers/UAW Team," said Kahne. "We look forward to Sunday, and we'll work hard tomorrow to get a good balance on the racecar and just try to stay away from the walls all day.

"I'm definitely surprised. It came quick. Tommy Baldwin and the whole team have done a great job. The engine shop is doing an awesome job. The Evernham engines are unbelievable right now. They're running so strong. The Busch cars are up front, too, for tomorrow's race, so we're excited."

Last week's winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start along side Kahne in the Budweiser Chevrolet. Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Derrike Cope rounded out the top-5.

Cope's fifth place qualifying effort gave him his first top-10 start since he started sixth at Atlanta on Nov. 8, 1998. It is his best start since he scored his only career Bud Pole at Atlanta on Oct. 4, 1998. It is his third top-10 start in 24 races at Darlington.

Ryan Newman, Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Elliott Sadler completed the first ten qualifiers.

Sunday's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET live on FOX. Radio coverage of the 400-mile race will begin at 12:30 p.m on MRN.

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