Kahne’s second Coors Light Pole of the season at Martinsville moved him ahead of his Hendrick Motorsports teammates with the most fast qualifying performances – 18 – since 2006. Jimmie Johnson has 17 and Jeff Gordon 16. Unfortunately for Kahne, fast on pole day hasn’t translated to finishing well on race day. He failed to lead a lap at Martinsville, just as he did at Las Vegas.
“I am upset that we haven’t run great this year, but we are great on Friday and Saturday, we were fast again today, and we have the speed so when it’s our time we will be ready to take advantage of it,” said Kahne, who slid to 31st in NASCAR Sprint Cup points following his engine failure at Martinsville.
Kahne isn’t the only “big name” driver outside the top 20: Gordon is 21st, Jamie McMurray is 24th and Kurt Busch is 26th.