Toyota/Save Mart 350: Kasey Kahne Takes Pole at Infineon Raceway

Katrina ShankleAnalyst IJune 20, 2008

Kasey Kahne, who's been on something of a winning streak, continued his good fortune by setting the fastest lap Friday evening at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.  Hendrick Motorsports' senior members Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon posted good qualifying times on the road course (2nd and 5th respectively).  Starting third on Sunday will be a Busch, and no, not the one with M&Ms on his car.  Big brother Kurt will roll off the line on the inside of row 2. 

With the exception of Denny Hamlin who qualified a decent 13th, Joe Gibbs Racing struggled a bit in qualifying.  Kyle Busch will start a dismal 30th and Tony Stewart will roll off a surprising 39th.

Bobby Labonte and Elliot Sadler, who haven't had the best luck this season will be starting 4th and 6th respectively.  As for the "Road Course Ringers" such as Boris Said and Ron Fellows made the race but didn't take the top spots as they usually do in the road course events. 

It was also great to see owner/driver Robby Gordon, NASCAR's lone (I believe, correct me if mistaken) single car team qualifying well, Gordon will start 8th Sunday.

For anyone who hasn't yet accessed to get the lineup for Sunday's race, here it is (Courtesy of

1 9 Kasey Kahne

2 48 Jimmie Johnson

3 2 Kurt Busch

4 43 Bobby Labonte

5 24 Jeff Gordon

6 19 Elliott Sadler

7 21 Marcos Ambrose

8 7 Robby Gordon

9 12 Ryan Newman

10 45 Terry Labonte

11 16 Greg Biffle

12 99 Carl Edwards

13 11 Denny Hamlin

14 160 Boris Said

15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

16 22 Dave Blaney

17 77 Sam Hornish Jr.

18 26 Jamie McMurray

19 07 Clint Bowyer

20 31 Jeff Burton

21 42 Juan Montoya

22 01 Ron Fellows

23 5 Casey Mears

24 78 Joe Nemechek

25 1 Martin Truex Jr.

26 83 Brian Vickers

27 41 Scott Pruett

28 66 Max Papis

29 15 Paul Menard

30 18 Kyle Busch

31 38 David Gilliland

32 29 Kevin Harvick

33 17 Matt Kenseth

34 00 Michael McDowell

35 55 Michael Waltrip

36 84 A.J. Allmendinger

37 10 Patrick Carpentier

38 6 David Ragan

39 20 Tony Stewart

40 8 Aric Almirola

41 28 Travis Kvapil

42 44 David Reutimann

43 34 Brian Simo



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