Kahne Captures Texas Pole
April 7, 2006 | 4:28 P.M. EST
Kahne was the only of 48 cars in the session to break the 190 mph barrier with his lap of 190.315 mph. It was the second pole of the season for Kahne. His first pole came on the sister track to TMS - Atlanta Motor Speedway, a race in which he won.
"We brought the same car we had at Atlanta," said Kahne. "It was brand new at Atlanta, and we brought it here and qualified first. We made some changes today in race practice and felt like we’re gaining on it. We look forward to getting it figured out again tomorrow."
Kahne bested J.J. Yeley, who sat on top of the charts for most of the session, for the top spot. Yeley's outside pole run (189.374 mph) was his best qualifying effort in 13 career Cup starts.
But Yeley's qualifying lap almost didn't happen, as the car had some difficulties in inspection and was put on the five minute clock.
"We made it with only about 15 seconds to spare," said Yeley. "So I just went out and put down a decent lap. I didn't want to overdrive the car."
Mark Martin, Jeff Green and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.
Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Bobby Labonte completed the top 10 qualifiers.
Labonte led all drivers needing to qualify on time with his lap of 188.594 mph.
Brent Sherman, Chad Blount, Chad Chaffin, Kenny Wallace and Stanton Barrett failed to qualify for the 334-lap event.
Drivers and teams battled gusty winds on Friday.
Television coverage of Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 is scheduled to take the green flag live on FOX at 1:30 p.m. (ET).