Saturday, November 20, 2010

Kasey Kahne Clobbers Cup Field for Homestead Pole

Photo Credit: Jason Smith/ Getty Images for NASCAR

Homestead is the home stretch for the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup series of 2010. A 1.5 mile true oval track, the Homestead-Miami Speedway plays host to one of the closest three-way points battles since the Chase for the Sprint Cup format was innovated by NASCAR in 2004. With Hamlin, Johnson and Harvick separated by only 46 points entering the final race, the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup appears have the potential of needing all of the event's 267 laps.

Breaking a two-race pole streak Ford Motor Company products in the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Kasey Kahne stormed to the Ford 400 pole his #83 Red Bull Toyota. Rounding the 1.5 mile in a time of 30.525 to take the final pole of 2010, Kahne and the Team Red Bull narrowly nicked Phoenix race winner Carl Edwards by a margin of just 0.031 seconds on the track. As qualifying concluded and the grid was set for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, less than 7/10th of a second separates Kasey Kahne's lead time with the slowest race entry speed posted by 40th place Juan Pablo-Montoya.

Kahne's 4th pole of this season, this is the driver's first top time since making an early entrance into Team Red Bull Racing. Having parted ways with has long-time Sprint Cup team (the #9 car existing within Richard Petty Motorsports) after the fall Charlotte event, Kasey Kahne is spending some early seat time inside the #83 Toyota preparing for a full season for 2011. 

The Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing #1 Chevrolet of Jamie McMurray starts 3rd in this final event in afairy tale season for a driver many motorsport insiders wrote off prior to his victory at this year's Daytona 500. Bill Elliott is another continuing to make notable appearances in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. The Dawsonville, Georgia 1988 NASCAR Cup champion positioned the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford in 4th. The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) Ford driven by AJ Allmendinger allowed 3 of the top-5 vehicles starting at the front of the Ford 400 to display a Blue Oval badge. A solid top-5 for Allmendinger within the uncertainty of RPM's 2011 operation, a bright spot for the embattled Ford team is qualifying where at least one team car started in the top-10 for 8 of the final 10 races.

In regards to the much anticipated final showdown Sunday for the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup, second place in the points Jimmie Johnson starts in the best spot. Qualifying his #48 Lowes Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports 6th for the Ford 400, Johnson's so-called "drive for five" championships has the driver favoured (at least for the beginning of the event) to repeat the title victory which he's achieved the past four seasons.

Buried in 37th, current Chase for the Sprint Cup points leader Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota will be need to pick up considerable ground over the 400 mile distance to complete the eagerly-awaited spoiling of Jimmie Johnson's Sprint Cup series dominance. A difficult job, breaking through the field of the Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race is a custom for Hamlin having never started better than 25th in previous qualifying attempts at the 1.5 mile oval. Last year, the #11 Toyota of Denny Hamlin won the season's final event starting 38th on that day.  

Third 2010 Sprint Cup contender Kevin Harvick will also be required to make up some race distance after a lackluster time trial run. Starting better than Denny Hamlin in 28th place, Harvick's #29 Chevrolet will attempt to regain the series point lead honours which were stripped from the Richard Childress Racing pilot due to the Chase reformatting after Richmond. 

With engine set to roar at 1 P.M. Eastern for the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup series finale Ford 400, expectations are to see a competitive event amongst the 43 who all have something to prove prior to the checkered flag.    

2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup
Ford 400
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Starting Lineup

# Pos  | Car #  | Driver| Sponsor/ Car Make
  1. 83 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota
  2. 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford
  3. 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet
  4. 21 Bill Elliott Motorcraft / Quick Lane Ford
  5. 43 A J Allmendinger Insignia HDTV Ford
  6. 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet
  7. 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
  8. 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet
  9. 6 David Ragan UPS Ford
  10. 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
  11. 24 Jeff Gordon Dupont Chevrolet
  12. 19 Elliott Sadler Stanley Ford
  13. 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Ford
  14. 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet
  15. 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge
  16. 98 Paul Menard Mastercraft / Menards Ford
  17. 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
  18. 12 Brad Keselowski No. 12 Penske Dodge
  19. 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota
  20. 47 Marcos Ambrose Clorox / Kleenex Toyota
  21. 36 J J Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
  22. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet
  23. 39 Ryan Newman U.S.Army Chevrolet 
  24. 9 Aric Almirola Budweiser Ford
  25. 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
  26. 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Mobil 1 Dodge
  27. 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford
  28. 29 Kevin Harvick Shell / Pennzoil Chevrolet
  29. 87 Joe Nemechek Young Eagles / Toyota
  30. 66 Mike Bliss PRISM Motorsports Toyota
  31. 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Old Spice Chevrolet 
  32.  09 Bobby Labonte C & J Energy Chevrolet
  33. 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 
  34. 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota
  35. 71 Andy Lally Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet
  36. 38 Dave Blaney A&W All American Food Ford
  37. 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota
  38. 37 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford
  39. 34 Travis Kvapil Long John Silver's Ford
  40. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 
  41. 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Toyota
  42. 7 Kevin Conway ExtenZe Toyota
  43. 64 Landon Cassill  Empire Steel Buildings Toyota

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