NASCAR At Martinsville Starting Lineup: Kasey Kahne Gets Second Pole Of 2012 Season

Is Kasey Kahne the new Rocket Man?

Ryan "Rocket Man" Newman has long held the reputation of being NASCAR's fastest qualifier in the Chase era, but another pole position for Kahne on Saturday might mean the newest Hendrick Motorsports driver needs a nickname of his own.

Kahne won the pole for Sunday's Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, his second pole position of the season and 18th since the start of the 2006 season – a series high among all drivers.

"Feels good," Kahne told SPEED after his lap. "I've qualified decent Martinsville before, but never a pole. ... I was able to pull it off, barely."

Though Newman still has the most poles in the Chase era (31), Kahne now has 24, which is tied with Jimmie Johnson for second.

Kevin Harvick qualified second on Saturday at the track nearest to his home, followed by race favorite Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Newman.

J.J. Yeley, Scott Speed and Mike Bliss failed to make the Martinsville field on time, but Tony Raines' qualifying time was disallowed for being too low in inspection – meaning Yeley got in the race after all.

Here's the starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway:

  1. Kasey Kahne
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Clint Bowyer
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Brian Vickers
  7. Brad Keselowski
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Joey Logano
  11. Paul Menard
  12. Marcos Ambrose
  13. Martin Truex Jr.
  14. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  15. Tony Stewart
  16. Bobby Labonte
  17. Regan Smith
  18. Jeff Burton
  19. Aric Almirola
  20. Jamie McMurray
  21. Matt Kenseth
  22. Jimmie Johnson
  23. Michael McDowell
  24. David Ragan
  25. Casey Mears
  26. Greg Biffle
  27. AJ Allmendinger
  28. Carl Edwards
  29. David Reutimann
  30. Josh Wise
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Juan Pablo Montoya
  33. Scott Riggs
  34. Travis Kvapil
  35. Reed Sorenson
  36. Ken Schrader
  37. Joe Nemechek
  38. David Gilliland
  39. David Stremme
  40. Kurt Busch
  41. Hermie Sadler
  42. Dave Blaney
  43. JJ Yeley
DNQ: Tony Raines (failed post-qualifying inspection), Scott Speed, Mike Bliss.
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