2012 Hollywood Casino 400 Coors Light Pole Qualifying

2012 Hollywood Casino 400 Coors Light Pole Qualifying


>>ON THE WHOLE NEW FIELD, KANSAS SPEEDWAY. RACE NUMBER SIX IN THE CHASE. IT PEEL BACK BANDAGES. ON THIS WICKED FAST MILE AND A HALF RACETRACK TO SET ALL HALF T THE END OF THE CHARLOTTE RACE LAST SATURDAY NIGHT. BETWEEN BRAD AND JIMMIE JOHNSON, SEVEN POINTS. DENNY HAMLIN WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE. CLINT BOWYER REINSERTING HIS NAME. KASEY KAHNE, 35 POINTS OR MORE BEHIND THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER. INSIDE THE PIT STUDIO, ALLEN BESTWICK JOINED BY OUR PANEL OF CHAMPIONS, DALE JARRETT, ANDY PETREE AND RAY EVERNHAM. ALL PEOPLE SAID TO ME THIS MORNING, TWO WORDS, TRACK POSITION. THEY THINK TRACK POSITION IS GOING TO BE CRITICAL FOR SUNDAY’S RACE. >>UNTIL THIS RACETRACK WIDENS OUT, THEY KNOW THERE’S A GROOVE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW. QUALIFYING, GETTING THAT STARTING SPOT AND KEEPING TRACK POSITION WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. IT STARTS RIGHT HERE ON QUALIFYING. >>IT DOES NOT HOW BIG AND HOW WIDE WILL THE TRACK GET. BRAD KESELOWSKI SAID HE FELT LIKE THE TRACK PICKED UP ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF A SECOND. MAYBE BY THE TIME THEY RUN THEIR RACE, THAT WE’LL SEE A LITTLE WIDER GROOVE. RIGHT NOW IT’S AN UNKNOWN. >>THE TEMPERATURE ON SUNDAY IS SUPPOSED TO BE DIFFERENT. THAT MAY HELP WIDEN OUT THE TRACK. THEY STILL HAVE TO FOCUS ON QUALIFYING REALLY HARD. THEY BOENT ABLE TO USE A LOT OF TIRE STRATEGY. THEY HAVE TO KEEP THEIR CAR IN POSITION ALL DAY. >>TRACK POSITION STARTS ON FRIDAY. AND AS FAR AS THE QUALIFYING SESSION IS CONCERNED, ONE FURTHER WORD, FAST. IT IS GOING TO BE FAST. LOOKING AT THE PRACTICES FROM EARLIER TODAY, EVERYBODY, ALL 46 CARS THAT ARE HERE WERE OVER THE OLD TRACK RECORD IN PRACTICE.>>YEAH. AS I TALKED TO THESE DRIVERS, THAT’S THE ONE THING THAT STANDS OUT. WHEN YOU GET A RACE DRIVER THAT THINKS — THESE GUYS ARE USED TO 200 MILES AN HOUR. THEY SAY, THEY’RE OUT OF THE GAS, VERY LITTLE, JUST AMAZING THE SPEED THEY’RE CARE RIG OFF THE CORNERS. >>THAT COMES FROM GRIP ON THESE NEW SURFACES, THIS NEW ASPHALT, MAKEUP HAS A LOT OF GRIP. GOODYEAR FOUND A GOOD TIRE FOR THAT. IT IS HARD, IT DOES GO FAST. WE SAW THIS IN MICHIGAN. THE SPEEDS GO UP WHEN YOU REPAVE THE RACETRACK. >>THIS IS WHAT I ALWAYS LIKE, YOU LOOK RIGHT NOW, GREG BIFFLE UP THERE, ARIC ALMIROLA, CARL EDWARDS, THE RAUSCH SPORTS RIGHT BEHIND THEM T HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS CARS WITH KASEY KAHNE AND REGAN SMITH. I THINK THE ENGINE BUILDERS LIKE THIS. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF HORSEPOWER WHEN YOU HAVE THAT MUCH GRIP. >>ONE OF THE OTHER STORIES THAT HAS UNFOLDED THROUGHOUT TWO DAYS OF TESTING LEADING INTO TODAY’S OFFICIAL BEGINNING OF THE RACE WEEKEND FOR PRACTICE, DENNY HAMLIN WITH A HARD CRASH HERE YESTERDAY AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY. HAMLIN, BASICALLY SHOWING JUST HOW FAST THIS RACETRACK IS. SOMETIMES YOU DON’T FIND OUT UNTIL SOMETHING GOES WRONG. >>THAT’S WHEN YOU REALIZE HOW QUICK YOU’VE BEEN GOING. DENNY OVERCORRECTED. THE CAR CAME OFF THE WALL AND OVERCORRECTED. I TALKED TO DENNY THIS MORNING. THEY SAY HE’S OKAY TODAY. HE IS PRETTY SORE, BUT HE SAID HE’S MORE SORE AFTER EVERYTHING HAPPENED YESTERDAY. HE WAS FEELING BETTER TODAY. THAT’S A TESTAMENT THAT HE’S IN GOOD SHAPE. HE WORKS HARD TO STAY IN SHAPE. THIS IS MORE FOR THOSE SITUATIONS WHEN IT HELPS YOU. >>THESE CARS ARE EASY TO DRIVE AS FAR AS THE DRIVING. BUT THE FORCES ARE SO HARD ON YOUR BODY. THIS IS WHY THE DRIVERS HAVE TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE. THESE CRASHES CAN EXPOSE SOME OF THAT. FOR A DRIVER THAT GETS INJURED, HE HAS TO WORK THROUGH THAT. >>AGAIN, WE TALKED ABOUT THERE BEING ONE LANE DOWN AT THE BOTTOM BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH GRIP. WHEN YOU’RE ON THE BOTTOM AND YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, IT’S A LONG WAY TO GO TO THE WALL AT TOP. THEY’LL LOOK FORWARD TO THE TRACK WIDENING UP.>>SO WE’VE SEEN FROM DENNY ON THURSDAY WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN THINGS GO WRONG AT A VERY FAST RACETRACK. DENNY SAID HE’S 100% GOOD TO GO. WE’LL SEE HOW FAST IT WILL TURN OUT TO GO WHEN THE FIRST CAR ROLLS IN JUST A COUPLE OF MINUTES. TOMORROW, OUR COVERAGE FOR KANSAS SPEEDWAY STARTS WITH SPRINT CUP RIES PRACTICE A AT 11:00 A.M. EASTERN TIME. THEN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE. AND THEN RACE SIX IN THE CHASE PRESENTED BY RAM, 1:00 EASTERN ON SUNDAY FROM HERE AT THE NEW-LOOK KANSAS SPEEDWAY. LOT TO TALK ABOUT AND THE CONVERSATION CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND ON TWITTER AT NASCARESPN. ♪♪ >>>A BUSY AND BLUSTERY FRIDAY AT KANSAS CITY, KANSAS AS THE SPRINT CUP GETS SET FOR QUALIFYING ON THE NEWLY RESURFACED KANSAS SPEEDWAY. BLUSTERY, COOL, YES. BREAK OUT THE OLD WINTER JACKET. IT WAS A LITTLE ON THE CHILLY SIDE. IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE BEAUTIFUL FOR SUNDAY’S 400 MILE RACE. LET’S CHECK DOWN STAIRS WITH JAMIE LITTLE.>>WELL, ALLEN, AS YOU MENTIONED A THE TOP OF THIS SHOW, TRACK POSITION HAS BEEN THE CATCH PHRASE IN [email protected]@E GARAGE SO FAR [email protected]@ WITH THE REPAVE, IT’S MADE IT A @ SINGLE-GROOVE TRACK. THAT MEANS EXTRA EMPHASIS ON QUALIFYING RIGHT NOW. GUY WHO HAS BEEN GREAT IN QUALIFYING HERE IN KANSAS IN THE @ PAST, JIMMIE JOHNSON. HE HAS THREE POLES, MORE THAN ANY OTHER [email protected]@RIVER. BAD NEWS FOR HIS COMPETITION, AFTER THE ONE AND ONLY PRACTICE SESSION THIS MORNING, HE TWEETED WE WERE SO FAST [email protected]@ QUALIFYING TRIM, I SAW ELVIS. HE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO QUALIFYING HERE. THAT’S NOT THE CASE FOR EVERYONE. RIGHT DAVE BURNS?>>THAT’S TRUE, JAMIE. BRAD KESELOWSKI FINDS HIMSELF IN A FAMILIAR YET UNINVEEBL POSITION. SLOWER THAN MOST OF HIS RIVALS IN TODAY ‘S PRACTICE IN QUALIFYING TRIM. BRAD HOPPED OUT AND SAID I HOPE IT RAINS. NOT THAT IT WOULD IMPROVE HIS POSITION, BUT HE WOULDN’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS FRUSTRATING EXERCISE. AS THE REIGNING CHAMPION, TONY SAID THE SPEEDS HERE ARE STUPID FAST. I THINK WE CAN SEE ANOTHER TRACK RECORD. THAT WILL BE OBVIOUS. BUT THEY COULD BE IN CHARLOTTE TERRITORY. REMEMBER, CHARLOTTE HAS A LOT STEEPER BANKING THAN HERE. THESE GUYS WILL BE ENJOYING THESE QUALIFYING LAPS. >>FIRST CAR ROLLS. IT’S ALWAYS A SHOCK, THE FIRST REALLY HOT-WEATHER RACE OF THE SEASON THEN THE FIRST REALLY COLD-WEATHER RACE OF THE FALL JUST SHOCKS YOUR SYSTEM WHEN YOU’RE WALKING AROUND THE RACETRACK. >>THE THING THAT SHOCKED ME TODAY IS HOW THAT WIND IS BLOWING. THAT 20 MILES AN HOUR WAS ON THE LOW SIDE. I THINK IT WAS MORE THAN THAT.>>WHEN THAT WIND HITS YOU, IT’S SO COLD. >>DAVE BLANEY THE FIRST CAR TO ROLL AS YOU LOOK AT JUST A BIG FLAG. THE WIND IS BLOWING.>>THE GUYS HAVE BEEN ON THE ROOF ALL DAY. IT’S TIME TO STAY WARM. DOING A GOOD JOB, THOUGH. >>DAVE BLANEY ROLLS OFF ON HIS QUALIFYING. TRACK RECORD HERE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY IS OCTOBER 8, 2005, MATT KENSETH RAN 29.85 SECONDS, 180.856 RECORD. DAVE BLANEY POSTED THE LOWEST SPEED AND HE WAS FASTER THAN THAT. >>JUST INCREDIBLE TO SEE. THERE WILL BE SOME 15-16-MILES AN HOUR FASTER. SO JUST AMAZING WHAT THEY PICKED UP. THE DRIVER REALLY HAS THEIR ATTENTION, MAINLY BECAUSE THEY HAVE SUCH A NARROW GROOVE TO WORK IN.>>THE TRACK RECORD IS BROKEN RIGHT THERE. DAVE, YOU’RE RIGHT. THAT TRACK RECORD IS IN DANGER. >>29.56 FOR DAVE BLANEY VERSUS THE 29.85 THE TRACK RECORD WAS.>>HE PICKS IT UP ON THE SECOND LAP. THAT’S SOMETHING WE’LL SEE MORE. ON THESE 1 1/2, WE SEE THEM TAKE ONE LAP. I BELIEVE WE’LL SEE THEM TAKE TWO LAPS. THE DRIVERS AREN’T VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THIS HAS THEIR ATTENTION. AND THEY DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO REALLY HOLD THEIR BREATH ANY LONGER THAN WHAT THEY HAVE TO. >>YOU HAVE TO HOLD THEM FOR 60.>>YOU THINK THE TIRE IS SO HARD THAT IF IT TAKES THAT SECOND LAP WHERE MOST PLACES THE TIRE IS OVERHEATED BY THE SECOND LAP. HERE IT HAS JUST RIGHT AMOUNT OF HEAT ON IT TO GET GOOD GRIP. >>IT’S INTERESTING TO ME AS WE WATCH HILL GET UP TO SPEED IN THE 32 CAR. THE CONVERSATIONS I HEARD AROUND HERE TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT TIRE SELECTION TO MAKE FOR QUALIFYING. LOT OF TIMES THAT’S JUST STICKERS OR BRAND NEW TIRE OR SCUFFS, ONE THAT YOU MAYBE JUST ROLLED IN A LAP 22. NOW SOME PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY THINK QUALIFY ON A SET OF TIRES THEY MADE TWO OR THREE RUNS ON ALREADY IN PRACTICE. >>I THINK SOME TEAMS WERE RUNNING SIX-LAP TIRES IN QUALIFYING. SOME MORE THAN THAT. IT DOESN’T HURT THE TIRE TO PUT EVEN MORE THAN SIX OR SEVEN LAPS ON IT. SO LOT OF TEAMS ARE JUST DOING THAT. IT SEEMS LIKE — WELL, THAT’S A LOT DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING WE EVER SEE. THE MORE TIME YOU PUT ON IT, THE FASTER YOU GO.>>29.40 FOR TIMMY HILL ON HIS FIRST LAP. ANOTHER ONE STILL TO GO. >>THAT’S ABOUT .25 FASTER THAN HIS LAPS IN PRACTICE. THE MORE TIME THE TRACK GETS ON IT WITH THE PRACTICE SESSIONS AND ALL THE LAPS THE NATIONWIDE CARS PUT ON IT, IT SEEMS TO BE GETTER FASTER AND FASTER. BRAD KESELOWSKI SAID THE TRACK WAS THREE QUARTERS OF A SECOND FASTER THIS MORNING THAN IT WAS YESTERDAY. THAT’S BECAUSE THEY WERE CARS ON IT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.>>I TALKED TO THE DRIVERS — TIMMY SLOWED DOWN ON HIS SECOND LAP. HIS TIRE WAS SO HARD WHEN I TALKED TO HIM THAT THE NATIONWIDE CARS AND THE CUP CARS WITH THE SAME TIRE WEREN’T GETTING RUBBER DOWN, ESPECIALLY THE LEFT ONE WASN’T GETTING ANY DONE. WHEN THE OTHER CARS CAME OUT AND GOT RUBBER DOWN IN THAT AREA AND PICKED UP THE AMOUNT OF RISK THEY HAVE. >>NORMALLY YOU THINK WHEN YOU HAVE TWO DIFFERENT MAKES, USUALLY THAT’S A BAD THING. TODAY, IT SEEMS LIKE THIS WEEK IT’S BEEN GOOD ON THIS NEW TRACK.>>HE’S TALKING ABOUT SLOWING DOWN THE PROCESS OF RUBBERING IN THE RACETRACK. IF WE GET FULL SUN ON THIS RACETRACK LIKE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, IT COULD CHANGE THE TRACK CONDITIONS AND CHANGE IT FOR THE BETTER TO WIDEN THINGS OUT. >>IT WILL KNOCK THE SPEEDS DOWN. IT’S A GOOD THING JOSH IS A FORMER SPRINT CAR DRIVER. USE THAT EXPERIENCE THERE GETTING TIGHT IN THE CORNER. IF IT DOES HEAT UP, IT WILL SLOW THE SPEEDS DOWN A LITTLE BIT WHICH WILL ALLOW THEM TO RACE MORE SIDE BY SIDE. TODAY, THEY ARE SO FAST, IT WILL BE HARD TO RACE SIDE BY SIDE.>>YOU CAN SEE JUST HOW MUCH ON THE BAR GRAPH THAT SLIDE OFF TURN FOUR COST JOSH THE MOMENTUM. BUT THE RACE CAR IS IN ONE PIECE.>>IT’S IN ONE PIECE. HE IS ONE OF THE DRIVERS THAT HAS TO QUALIFY ON TIME HERE. HE PICKS IT UP A LITTLE BIT ON THAT SECOND LAP. >>STILL THE SLOWEST OF THE THREE. >>STILL FASTER THAN THE OLD TRACK RECORD. BOTH LAPS. >>EVEN THIS ONE. WATCH THIS.>>THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT, DALE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO HOLD YOUR BREATH TWO LAPS DOING THIS. >>THAT MAKES IT TOUGH. AFTER THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE TO GO GET ANOTHER LAP FOR SURE. AND YOU’RE PRETTY CERTAIN IT WON’T BE MUCH BETTER THAN THAT ON THE SECOND ONE. HE WAS ABLE TO PICK UP ALMOST A TENTH AND HALF.>>THAT’S A BRIGHT GREEN CAR.>>GETTING SETTLED IN THE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TURN THREE ON THE GET UP TO SPEED LAP. >>NOW, IT’S VERY DIFFICULT WHEN THEY GO SO FAST. THE G-FORCES ARE SO HIGH. MY GUESS IS A LOT MORE LAT EARL FORCE IN THE CAR. >>THERE IS A LOT MORE OF THAT. WITH THE SETUP AND THINGS THEY HAVE HERE, I TALKED TO DRIVERS AND WATCHED THEM PRACTICE, THEY’RE WORKING THE STEERING WHEEL MORE THAN WHAT THEY HAVE TO OR ARE ACCUSTOM TO BECAUSE OF THAT COMBINATION OF THE SPEED AND THE SETUP. AND DANICA GOES TO THE TOP OF THE LIST HERE.>>28 INTO THE 28-SECOND BRACKET. ICA PATRICK.>>LOOKS LIKE SHE CARRIED MORE SPEED THROUGH TURN ONE AND OVER TO TURN TWO. THAT KILLS THE SPEED ON THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY. >>FROM THE TOP OF THE BOARD IN THE EARLY GOING IN QUALIFYING, DANICA PATRICK 186.8 MILES AN HOUR. THE EARLY LEADING IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES QUALIFYING AT THE KANSAS SPEEDWAY. WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED. LOT MORE REALLY FAST LAPS TO GO.>>>EARLY LEADER IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP QUALIFYING KANSAS SPEEDWAY, DANICA PATRICK CLIMBING OUT OF HER CHEVROLET AFTER A LAP OF JUST SHY OF 187 MILES AN HOUR. PATRICK HAS JUST BEEN BUMPED BACK TO SECOND PLACE. NOT BY THIS MAN, DAVID STREMME RAN WHILE WE WERE IN THE COMMERCIAL BREAK. STREMME NOW THIRD PRACTICE. YOU STEE TIMES AND SPEEDS THERE ON DAVID. BUT ANOTHER DAVID HAS JUST GONE TO THE TOP OF THE BOARD. IT IS DAVID REGAN NOW SET THE FAST TIME. 28.804, ALMOST INTO THE 28.70s. >>WE’VE SEEN THESE FORDS SHOW POWER.>>CARRY LITTLE EXTRA SPEED IN THE CORNER. CAR TRAVELS LITTLE MORE, OR A LOT MORE. THAT THING IS SPARKING A TON. ALREADY MESSING UP THIS NEW PAVEMENT.>>ALL THE THINGS YOU EXPECTED.>>PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE.>>HERE IS REED SORENSON.>>WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT HOW COLD IT IS. DANICA SHOWED US HER OWN PERSONAL HEATER. SHE IS KEEPING HER HANDS WARM ON THE WHEEL AS WELL. LOTS GOING ON. SHE’S BEEN HERE ON WEDNESDAY RUNNING DOUBLE DUTY. HOW HAS IT GONE FOR YOU SO FAR WITH THIS FIRST TIME WITH THE CUP CAR HERE?>>IT’S OKAY. IT IS CHALLENGING. I FEEL LIKE WHEN THERE’S MORE BANKING, THAT’S WHEN I DO WELL. SO IT’S DEFINITELY A LITTLE BIT SLIPPERY AND TAKING A WHILE TO COME IN. TODAY WAS BETTER. IT WAS SLIPPERY THE PREVIOUS DAY. SO COMING AROUND. GETTING BETTER. YOU KNOW, I’M JUST A BIT OF A METHODICAL LEARNER, SO THINGS ARE GOING BETTER AND BETTER ON THE CUP SIDE. ON THE NATIONWIDE SIDE, WE’RE IN MUCH BETTER POSITION. YOU KNOW, THAT’S WHY WE’RE DOING WHAT WE’RE DOING. >>THE CAR SEEMS TO BE GOOD. THEY DID MAKE AN ENGINE CHANGE BEFORE THIS QUALIFYING RUN, ALLEN. >>AND WILL HAVE TO START AT THE BACK OF THE FIELD BECAUSE OF THAT. REED SORENSON JUMPING TO THE TOP OF THE LEADER BOARD IN QUALIFYING.>>GOOD LAP. FIRST LAP WAS 28.76.>>HER WAY OF LEARNING WITH THE SAME RACE CAR, SHE DOESN’T GO OUT AT THESE PLAY PLACE AND TRY TO GET EVERYTHING AT ONE TIME. SHE TAKES THE AMOUNT OF TIME. BY THE TIME THAT TOOK TO LEARN ABOUT THE TRACK AND THEN WHEN IT’S TIME TO GO QUALIFY, SHE’S BEEN LAYING DOWN SOME REALLY, REALLY GOOD LAPS. I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE WHERE SHE WOMD WOULD STRUGGLE WITH THESE CARS IN THE CUP SERIES IS QUALIFYING. SHE’S DOING A REALLY, REALLY GOOD JOB. >>KELLY BUYERS WILL BE HIS THIRD CUP START OVERALL. LITTLE BACK END WIDE THERE.>>HE’S GETTING SO MUCH SPEED OFF OF THESE CORNERS. WE TALKED ABOUT THE VARIABLE BANKING HERE. THEY REALLY HAVEN’T GOTTEN INTO USING THAT. THEY HAVEN’T GOTTEN UP TO THAT 20 WOULD BE UP TOWARDS THE TOP PART. BUT IT FALLS OFF PRETTY QUICK AS YOU EXIT THESE CORNERS. THAT’S WHY YOU SEE THEM GET TAIL HAPPY OUT OF THERE. >>FOURTH FASTEST FOR KELLY WHO MUST MAKE THE RACE BY TIME. THERE WILL BE THREE WHO WILL BE SENT HOME O ON KANSAS SPEEDWAY.>>THAT FIRST LAP THERE REALLY DUMPED OFF. CARRY A LOT MORE SPEED THROUGH THERE THIS TIME. >>LOOKING GOOD RIGHT HERE.>>HE DOES PICK IT UP A SPOT, THIRD FASTEST FOR KELLY BIRES. REED SORENSON T>>>COLE WHITT HERE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY, FIFTH FASTEST. NOT YET LOCKED INTO THE FIELD FOR SUNDAY’S RACE. REED SORENSON IS. SHE THE FASTEST SO FAR. JOE NEMECHEK IS ON THE TRACK. AND DAVE BURNS?>>NEXT TO JEFF GORDON WHO WAS HERE TWICE ON THE OLD TRACK. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ON THESE FAST QUALIFYING TIMES?>>YOU HAVE TO BE AGGRESSIVE. IT’S SMOOTH AND FAST. THE CAR HAS TO BE UNDERNEATH YOU. YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALL IN LESS THAN 48 SECONDS. AROUND 28 SECONDS. SO IT’S DEFINITELY FUN AND CHALLENGING. AND INTENSE. YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY A NEW RACETRACK IS NOT ANYTHING LIKE THE OLD KANSAS. WE’LL TAKE YOUR CHEVROLET AND PUT THE PEDAL DOWN AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. WE WERE MAKING SOME GREAT GAINS IN PRACTICE. THEN WE MADE ONE ADJUSTMENT THAT WAS THE WRONG DIRECTION AND COULDN’T GET IT OUT IN TIME TO MAKE SOME FINAL RUNS TO GET FURTHER UP THERE. SO THE TRACK LOOKS GOOD AND SEE IF WE CAN LAY DOWN A GOOD LAP. >>I TOLDHIM I THINK HE’S GOING TO GET A CLOUD. IT’S COMPLETELY OVERCAST.>>JOE NEMECHEK SECOND FASTEST, LOCKED INTO SUNDAY’S 400 MILER HERE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY. JOE HAS BEEN TWICE IN THE SAME WEEKEND TO VICTORY LANE. 2004, NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE, COUPLE OF VERY EXCITED ONLOOKERS.>>HE WAS ON THE POLE. HE WON THE NATIONWIDE RACE.>>HERE [email protected]@ THE FINISH OF THE SPRINT CUP @@RACE. WHEN WE TALKED TO JOE EARLIER ABOUT THAT VERY SITUATION IN THE NATIONWIDE [email protected]@RIES PRACTICE, H SAID THE COOLEST THING ABOUT IT, BEING SPONSORED BY THE ARMY, IED THAT 200 SOLDIERS AND THEY WERE ALL IN VICTORY LANE.>>SCOTT SPEED. >>HE’S GOT SPEED. HE’S A GOOD QUALIFYING. GOT A LOT OF PERSONALITY. HE IS A GREAT INTERVIEW. >>AND HE’S GOT HIMSELF LOCKED INTO SUNDAY’S RACE. THE SECOND FASTEST LAP SO FAR. 28.76 FOR SCOTT. 178.748 MILES AN HOUR. SO SORENSON’S SPEED, JOE NEMECHEK AND BIRES ARE LOCKED INTO THE RACE. STILL A QUESTION WITH STREMME AND WISE. AND STILL A FEW MORE CARS TO GO BEFORE WE GET THE BUMPING PROCESS THROUGH.>>NEAR THE 20 SOME CARS BEFORE THE BUMPING PROCESS WILL BE WRAPPED UP. ON THE TRACK IS DAVID GILLILAND. THREE FORDS IN THE TOP FOUR WHERE THE PRACTICE SPEEDS WERE CONCERNED FROM THIS MORNING.>>YEAH. THEY’VE BEEN WORKING EXTREMELY HARD AND CERTAINLY MAKING SURE HE HAS GOOD STUFF NOT ONLY FOR THESE CARS, BUT FOR THEIR CHOICE PEOPLE. GETTING GREG BIFFLE WHO HAD A GREAT RUN LAST WEEK AT CHARLOTTE AND WAS FAST HERE EARLIER TODAY. MATT KENSETH. CARL EDWARDS WHO RAN REALLY WELL, HAD HIS BEST RACE LAST WEEKEND AT CHARLOTTE. THEY LIKE TO SEE SOME GAINS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT WILL ONLY BENEFIT THEM AS THEY START NEXT YEAR.>>I SAW YATES PUTS A MOTOR IN ONE OF THE CARS HIMSELF. THE YATES FAMILY HAS MADE GREAT HORSEPOWER.>>I THINK HE’S SO HANDS ON, DOUG AND ROBERT WAS TOO, THEY’RE HANDS ON GUYS. NOT AFRAID TO WORK AND WORK HARD ON THESE THINGS. >>THEY TAKE IT PERSONALLY. IT’S NOT JUST A JOB.>>SIXTH FASTEST FOR DAVID GILL [ Male Announcer ]
>>>THE LEADER BOARD IS CHANGING HERE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY. NASCAR SPRINT CUP QUALIFYING, MIKE BLISS HAS LOCKED HIMSELF INTO A STARTING SPOT IN SUNDAY’S RACE. WENT TO THE TOP OF THE BOARD A MINL AGO. 28.69 TO BE TOPPED ONE CAR LATER BY J.J. YELEY WHO HAS GUARANTEED HIMSELF A SPOT IN SUNDAY’S RACE AND IS NOW ATOP THE LEADER BOARD. HE WAS AT 188.6 MILES AN HOUR. VERY NICE LAP IN THAT 37 CAR. SO JOSH WHISE IS BUMPED OUT OF THE FIELD FOR SUNDAY. McDOWELL IS IN THE 98 CAR. THERE WAS A SHUFFLING OF CREW CHIEFS AT THE STEWART TEAM. >>THAT’S NOT REAL.>>SOMEONE TOLD ME THEY WERE REAL FLAMES. I’M JUST TRYING TO STAY WARM. WE HEAR YOU’LL BE REUNITED WITH CREW CHIEF MATT BOWLAND. BIG NEWS FOR YOU, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THAT. >>IT IS. WE’RE DOING IT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. OBVIOUSLY WE’RE DOING IT FOR THE BENEFIT OF SHR. IT WILL BE INTERESTING. MARTINSVILLE IS WHEN WE STARTED OUR PROGRAM. EXCITED THIS WEEK TO HAVE ASSOCIATES ON THE RACE CAR. AS YOU’VE BEEN TOLD, THIS IS WIDE OPEN.>>YOU WANT THAT 50th POLE. IS THIS THE PLACE WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO GET IT?>>IF THERE WAS CASTERS ON THE RIGHT DOOR, I WOULD GO FOR IT. >>CASTERS ON THE RIGHT SIDE, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?>>I DON’T THINK MUCH OF IT.>>RYAN NEWMAN TO BE REUNITED WITH MATT MOORE STARTING NEXT WEEKN MARTINSVILLE. STEVE ADDINGTON WILL REMAIN WITH TONY STEWART TOY. THAT ANNOUNCING BY STEWART-HAAS RACING HERE IN KANSAS. >>REUNITED RYAN AND MATT COULD BE A GOOD THING FOR THAT TEAM. THERE WAS A TIME IN THIS BUSINESS WHEN I REALLY THOUGHT THAT THOSE GUYS WERE GOING TO BE THE NEXT GREAT COMBINATION. I FELT LIKE THEY SPLIT BEFORE THEY REALLY REALIZED THEIR POTENTIAL. SO THAT MAY BE A REALLY GOOD THING. WHEN I READ THAT THIS MORNING, I THOUGHT THAT’S A GREAT IDEA. >>SOME OF THE BEST TIMES HE’S HAD HAS BEEN WITH MATT. >>McDOWELL LOCKED INTO THE FIELD BUMPING DAVID STREMME OUT. RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS HAS RESIGNED WITH FORD MOTOR COMPANY FOR NEXT SEASON, WHICH OPENS THE PATH FOR MARCOS AMBROSE TO FINISH UP HIS RESETTLEMENT WITH THE RICHARD PETTY TEAM. HE SAID IT’S ALL IN LINE.>>HE GOES TO THE TOP OF THE CHART.>>THERE’S MORE OF THAT FORD HORSEPOWER. >>THE TRACK IS QUICKER THIS SESSION THAN WHEN THEY PRACTICED. THE MORE RUBBER THAT’S DOWN, THE QUICKER THE TRACK IS.>>IF YOU — ALMOST LIKE A DRAG RACING, YOU KNOW, WHEN GUYS USUALLY BURN OUT, THEY PUT DOWN RUBBER AND BACK UP INTO IT. WHEN THE GUYS GO OUT LATER, DO THEY HAVE AN ADVANTAGE BECAUSE THE GUYS WHO ARE GOING OUT AHEAD OF THEM ARE PUTTING DOWN RUBBER?>>189.8 M[ engine revving ]>>>KANSAS SPEEDWAY, NASCAR SPRINT CUP QUALIFYING, CASTLE, 83 CAR, THIRD FASTEST AT 28.62 FOR CASTLE. AND KURT BUSCH ON THE TRACK. LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE FIFTH FASTEST ON HIS FIRST LAP. HE HE GOES FOR A ONE AND DONE IN THE 78 CAR. >>HE PICKED UP ABOUT .03 OF A SECOND.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI DOWN THERE WITH LITTLE PENSKE HUDDLE GOING ON. >>THERE IS A PENSKE HUDDLE GOING ON. IT LOOKS LIGHT RIGHT NOW.>>I FEEL LIKE WE HAVE SOME WORK TO DO. WE HAD A GOOD RUN THROUGHOUT OUR PRACTICES THIS MORNING. IT FEELS LIKE GROUND HOGS DAY. KEEP COMING BACK, IT’S SO CLOUDY AND COOL. REAL HAPPY THAT WE GOT THIS OPPORTUNITY, BUT I FEEL LIKE OUR CAR IS NOT TOO BAD. WE JUST HAVE TO PUT A LAP TOGETHER.>>I’M SURE SAM WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT. WE STEP TO HIS LEFT, BRAD KESELOWSKI, CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER IS AMONG THOSE WAITING TO GO OUT. EARLIER WHEN WE TALKED, YOU SAID WE HOPE IT RAINS. HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT GETTING OUT THERE AND QUALIFYING?>>WELL, QUALIFYING IS NOT OUR STRONG SUIT. BUT IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE’RE WORKING ON. I THINK WE’VE MADE PROGRESS. WE STILL WOULD LIKE TO BE STRONGER. I’M NOT EXPECTING A LOT, BUT I WOULD HOPE THAT WE CAN QUALIFY BETTER THAN LAST WEEK. TRACK POSITION IS SO IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY AT A NEW FACILITY. WE’LL WORK AROUND IT EITHER WAY. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS WE HAVE SPEED. I’M PROUD OF MY GUYS FOR THAT. >>GOOD LUCK.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI, CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER.>>I TALKED TO HIM LITTLE BIT AGO, HE SAID THEY DON’T QUALIFY WELL. THEY HAVE A REALLY GOOD RACE PACKAGE ALMOST EVERYWHERE THEY GO. IT SEEMS THAT CARS THAT QUALIFY GOOD DON’T RACE GOOD AND VICE VERSA. WOULDN’T YOU TAKE BOTH, HE SAID, YEAH. THIS WEEK ESPECIALLY.>>SECOND FASTEST FOR BOBBY LaBONTE IN THE 47 CAR. TOMORROW ON CRIMSON TIDE WILL GO TO KNOXVILLE TO TYLER GRAY AND THE VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE IN NEED OF A BIG WIN. ALABAMA/TENNESSEE TOMORROW ON ESPN AND LIVE ON WATCHESPN.>>I WILL TAKE EVERYTHING TENNESSEE HAS TO MAKE ANY RUN AT ALABAMA. >>THAT WILL BE A TOUGH ONE.>>IT WILL BE A GOOD DAY FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL WATCH IT ON SATURDAY NIGHT AS WE WATCH JEFF GORDON GO THE GREEN FLAG IN THIS 24 CAR. FLORIDA STATE, MIAMI. AND ALABAMA/TENNESSEE. THERE ARE SOME GOOD MATCHUPS. JEFF’S SECOND FASTEST ON HIS FIRST LAP.>>HE IS GOING TO SHUT IT DOWN.>>28.49. THAT IS NOT QUITE TO THAT 190 MILES AN HOUR MASHLG YET. I BET WE GET THERE. >>MARCOS AMBROSE SAID I FEEL BETTER. HOW DOES THE TRACK FEEL NOW THAT’S IT’S COLDER THAN THE LAST TIME?>>THE SPEED IS SO HIGH, I’M GOING WITH A BRAND NEW COLOR SCHEME. IT’S HARD TO REPEAT FROM PRACTICE. THE TRACK HAS CHANGED SOME. IT’S A LOT COOLER. HARD TO GET TEMPERATURE IN THESE TIRES. THE SPEEDS ARE REALLY FAST. THIS TRACK FEELS A LOT FASTER THAN MICHIGAN. THE CORNERS ARE TIGHTER.>>VERY INTERESTING. FEELS FASTER FAN MICHIGAN. THAT’S SAYING A LOT, ALLEN.>>THIRD TRACK THIS YEAR, POCONO, MICHIGAN AND NOW KANSAS SPEEDWAY NOW WITH FRESH PAVEMENT. COUPLE OF EXTENDED TESTING SESSIONS AND HIGHER SPEED THAN WHAT WE’VE SEEN BEFORE. >>IF MY MEMORY IS RIGHT, HE SET THAT TRACK RECORD IN MICHIGAN AS WELL OVER 200 MILES AN HOUR. FOR HIM TO SAY THAT IT FEELS FASTER, IS PRETTY INCREDIBLE. YOU DON’T HAVE THAT BANKING THAT YOU HAVE AT MICHIGAN TO HELP YOU.>>YOU DO HAVE ONE BANKING HERE THAN YOU DID BEFORE. 15 DEGREE BANKING ALL THE WAY AROUND. NOW THEY’VE GONE TO PROGRESSION BANKING, UP TO THE 17 IN THE BOTTOM LANE THERE AND 20 DEGREES FURTHER UP THE RACETRACK. >>THEY’LL GOAT THAT EVENTUALLY. I DON’T KNOW IF IT WILL BE THIS WEEKEND. BUT THAT WILL PAY DIVIDENDS FOR SOME REALLY GOOD RACING HERE. >>THE IDEA THERE, I MEAN, ALL BANKING DOES IS MAKE, CREATE DOWN FORCE. WHAT HE’S TAUBING ABOUT DOWN FORCE. I EXPLAIN IT TO PEOPLE, IT’S NO DIFFERENT THAN WATCHING THE GUY RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE IN THE BARREL. THAT’S THE ULTIMATE BANKING. THE HOPE IS THAT THE LONGER RADIUS WITH MORE BANKING CREATES THE SAME SPEED WHICH WILL MAKE SIDE BY SIDE RACING. WE’VE SEEN THAT HAPPEN IN A LOT OF PLACES WITH VARIABLE RACING LIKE HOMESTEAD AND IOWA AND PLACES LIKE THAT. >>THEY’VE DONE A REAL GOOD JOB WITH THIS TRACK. THEY REALLY ACCOMPLISHED WHAT THEY SET OUT TO. IT WILL BE UP TO THESE GUYS TO SEE HOW WIDE THEY MAKE THE GROOVE.>>THEY’VE DONE A LOT OF THINGS HERE SINCE THE TIRE TO HAPPEN LITTLE BIT NOW.>>.15 FASTER THAN AMBROSE. >>LITTLE WIGGLE RIGHT THERE. THINK HE HAD SOME THOUGHTS FOR A MINUTE OF TRYING TO GET THAT SECOND LAP, SEE WHAT IT MIGHT GET.>>THERE’S PLENTY OF GRIP OUT THERE. WE JUST FEEL LOOSE. >>190.853 MILES AN HOUR FOR RYAN NEWMAN. THE NEW LEADER IN QUALIFYING, THE 2003 SPRINT CUP SERIES WINNER HERE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY.>>>RYAN NEWMAN T LEADER IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP QUALIFYING HERE AT THE KANSAS SPEEDWAY. A NEW TRACK RECORD FASHION, OVER 190 MILES AN HOUR. DURING THE BREAK, [email protected]@ RAN THE 93 CAR. TRAVIS [email protected]@T NOW SHOWG FULL PRACTICE. THERE ARE HIS TIMES AND SPEEDS.>>DIDN’T THIS HAPPEN LAST [email protected] HE HAD THE BURGER KING CAR, McDONALD’S [email protected]@@@ BACK TO [email protected]>>SO JAMIE IS TRYING TO REEL IN TRAVIS? JAMIE McMURRAY IS FOURTH FASTEST IN THAT 1 CAR. OF COURSE A BIG WEEKEND FOR JAMIE. THIS IS THE CLOSEST TRACK TO THEIR HOMETOWNS. JAMIE FROM JOPLIN, MISSOURI. YOU HEARD FROM SAM HORNISH JR. A LITTLE WHILE AGO. NOW SAM IS ON THE CLOCK. WHILE WE WATCH HIM ON THE TRACK, LET’S CHECK IN WITH JAMIE LITTLE. >>RYAN NEWMAN DIDN’T NEED TO BRING OUT THE CASTERS. DO YOU THINK IT WILL HOLD FOR YOUR 50th POLE?>>NO, BUT IT WAS A GREAT LAP. THE GUYS DID A GOOD JOB MAKING IT BETTER. I DON’T THINK WE MADE IT GOOD ENOUGH. GUYS WILL BE PUSHING REALLY FAST. >>GOOD RUN FOR RYAN NEWMAN.>>YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THAT APRON BEING USE TO DO MANY TIMES TODAY. >>DOES THAT REALLY HELP ANY WAY, DALE?>>I CAN’T SAY THAT DOES. I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING THAT BACKS THAT UP TO SAY THAT REALLY DOES. BUT IT MAKES YOU THINK THAT YOU’RE TAKING THE SHORTCUT. YOU KNOW HOW DRIVER’S MINDS ARE PRETTY FRAGILE.>>THAT CAR LOOKS LIKE IT’S A FOOT UP IN THE WHEEL WELL. THAT LOOKS VERY OBVIOUS WITH THAT CAR. >>IT GOES UP TO SECOND. PICKED IT UP ON THE SECOND LAP PUTS HIM IN SECOND SPOT. >>I NOTICED HIS CAR EARLIER TODAY THAT CAUGHT MY EYE. THIS IS THE FIRST ONE THAT I SAW THAT IS SO NOTICEABLE.>>SO SAM HORNISH SECOND ON THE BOARD. AFTER 25 OF 46 DRIVERS HAVE RUNS, STILL TO GO, INCLUDING THE HOMETOWN FAVORITES CL BOWYER.>>WHAT DID LAST WEEK’S WIN DO FOR YOU GUY STHS. >>WELL, YOU KNOW, AFTER TALLADEGA, YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT. YOU’RE SO DEJECTED. TO BE ABLE TO GO AND TURN THINGS BACK AROUND AND GIVE YOURSELF — YOU KNOW, SOME NEW HOPE, NEW LIFE. EVERYBODY IS BACK TO THE SAME OLD PEP IN THEIR STEP AND EXCITED. WHAT’S WHAT WE NEEDED TO HAVE ANY CHANCE. SO IT’S FUN. WE’RE BACK. STILL VP PINK ON OUR CAR. I’M TELLING YOU IT CAN COME DOWN TO SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THAT HERE. THIS TRACK IS FAST. THIS LAP RIGHT HERE WILL GET YOUR ATTENTION. I MEAN, THE CAR IS FUN RANGING OUT. YOU GET DOWN TO THAT LAP, THERE’S NO MORE. YOU’RE WINDED. YOU DON’T WANT ANYMORE. >>HEY, WHAT’S DENNY HAMLIN’S CAR LOOK LIKE?>>IT’S PROBABLY HANGING OUT, ACCORDING TO CLINT.>>AND IT PROBABLY HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF THE MORE DIFFICULT THINGS TO DO AFTER YOU’VE HAD A HARD CRASH ON THE RACETRACK TO COME BACK THE NEXT DAY AND LAY IT OUT THERE FOR THE QUALIFYING RUN. >>THE HARD THING IS YOU HAVE TO GO QUALIFY THE NEXT TIME. YOU HAVE TO PUT IT OUT OF YOUR MIND, BECAUSE THIS IS THIS IS WHAT YOU DO. THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN. ANY TIME THAT YOU GO FAST LIKE DENNY HAMLIN DOES, THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN. WE’RE SO USED TO SEEING THESE DRIVERS BE ALMOST PERFECT. WHEN THERE IS A SITUATION, IT JUST TAKES YOU — GETS YOU OFF GUARD. BUT DENNY HAMLIN IS A PROFESSIONAL. HE JUMPED RIGHT IN THIS MORNING. TODAY, HE WASN’T VERY FAST. >>SECOND QUICKEST FOR THE MOMENT IS DENNY HAMLIN. TOMORROW’S LIVE COVERAGE OF PRACTICE STARTING AT 11:00 A.M. FOLLOWED BY NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE. LATER ON THE DAY ON ESPN STARTING AT 3 EASTERN. SUNDAY, ROUND SIX IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP. OUR TELECAST PRESENTED BY RAM AT 1:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME. WHO IS GOING TO WIN AT KANSAS? AND WHAT WILL THE CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE LOOK LIKE?>>I THINK WE HAVE TWO WEEKS HERE BACK TO BACK. WHAT ARE THINGS GOING TO LOOK LIKE AFTER THESE TWO WEEKS? LOTS OF THINGS CAN HAPPEN WITH THIS NEW SURFACE.>>MARTIN TRUEX JR. HAD HIS HEARTBROKEN HERE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY BACK IN APRIL. LED 173 OF 267 LAPS, 31 LAPS FROM THE FINISH, THE PAS BY DENNY HAMLIN AND HAD TO SETTLE FOR SECOND. >>THEY HAD A GREAT RACE. THAT’S FOR SURE. WHAT HAPPENED THEN DOESN’T REALLY TRANSFER TO WHAT MAY HAPPEN HERE WITH THIS NEW SURFACE. >>WAS I WRONG SAYING WE HADN’T SEEN MANY PEOPLE ON THE APRON. NOW ALL THE LAST FIVE GUYS HAVE GONE DOWN THERE. >>THAT’S BECAUSE YOU SAID IT. THESE GUYS ARE LISTENING. THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN PRETTY FAST. TWO OF THE GUYS ARE IN THE TOP FOUR WHO HAVE DONE IT.>>DENNY HAMLIN WAS FAST, JAMIE.>>LOT OF GUYS ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS LAP GETTING YOUR ATTENTION. YESTERDAY THE TRACK GOT YOUR ATTENTION A BIG HIT. WHAT WAS IT LIKE YOU GETTING IN YOUR CAR AND GETTING UP TO SPEED?>>YOU ALWAYS HAVE A REBOUND TIME THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE TO GET YOUR SENSES BACK. THE TRUST IN THE CAR AND EVERYTHING BACK. DARRION I THANK THEM FOR BEING PATIENT AND WORKING THROUGH THAT TIME THAT THE DRIVER NEEDS AFTER A WRECK. I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT YOUR TOYOTA. IT’S NOT THE CAR WE WANTED TO RACE ORIGINALLY, BUT THIS ONE IS NOT TOO BAD. >>BACKUP FOR SURE. BIG HIT YESTERDAY. HE WAS FEELING DIZZY YESTERDAY. BUT DENNY IS FEELING GOOD TODAY, ALLEN.>>AS BRAD KESELOWSKI IS ON THE RACETRACK IN THE 2 CAR, DENNY SLOWED THAT CAR BACK IN AFTER THE ACCIDENT YESTERDAY. HE WAS ASKED BY NASCAR. THEN IN THE TIME THAT THEY WANTED TO WAIT TO CHECK IT AGAIN, IT WAS GOING TO BE A LITTLE WHILE. THEY ALLOWED HIM TO GO REST IN HIS MOTOR COACH. IT APPEARED LIKE IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN BE A DIFFERENT WAY OF DOING THINGS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE WHOLE DALE EARNHARDT JR. THINGS. SPEAKING WITH NASCAR OFFICIALS, IT WASN’T. THEY SAID GO SIT IN YOUR MOTOR COACH WHERE YOU’LL BE MORE COMFORTABLE.>>I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANYTHING — YOU KNOW, YESTERDAY WAS KIND OF AN ODD DEAL. WE DON’T DO MANY OF THOSE OPEN PRACTICE SESSIONS. KESELOWSKI PICKED UP ON THE SECOND LAP. IT’S KIND OF NORMAL. >>BRAD IS TALKING ABOUT QUALIFYING IS NOT THEIR STRONG SUIT. THEY’RE RIGHT THERE EVERY SINGLE RACE. WE’VE SEEN THIS OTHER THE YEARS, MATT KENSETH COMES TO MIND. THAT DURING A LOT OF YEARS HE DOESN’T QUALIFY THAT YEAR BUT YOU SEE HIM IN RACE TRIM. >>I DON’T GET IT. SOME OF THE DRIVERS I’VE WORKED WITH — DALE EARNHARDT WAS NOT A GOOD QUALIFIER. >>I REMEMBER IN CHARLOTTE WE STARTED BACK IN THE 30s AND COME STRAIGHT TO THE FRONT. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS. THEY’LL HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO WHEN THIS RACE STARTS, BRAD KESELOWSKI AND THAT 2.>>JUAN PABLO MONTOYA.>>HE’S DOING HIS BIT TO WIDEN THE TRACK OUT.>>TONY STEWART IS PROUD OF RYAN RIGHT NOW. YOU AND I WERE TALKING EARLIER TODAY, I BELIEVE YOU QUOTED STUPID FAST FOR THE SPEEDS HERE.>>IT IS STUPID FAST. I MEAN, YOU HAVE PERFECT CONDITIONS TO DO IT. IT’S COOL. IT MAKES GREAT HORSEPOWER AND KANSAS HAS DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THE RACETRACK.>>THAT FIRST LAP INTO THE TURN, TONY, WHAT’S IT LIKE FOR YOU TO TRUST THE CAR AND THEN GET IT TO GO THE WAY IT GOES?>>A.J. AND I WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT IT. I THOUGHT I RAN THROUGH TURN THREE AND FOUR ALMOST SIMILAR. SO THERE’S SOME SORT OF PROBABLY ONE OF MANY BREAKUPS IN THE CIRCUIT AND MY RIGHT FOOT. MY BRAIN IS GOING, ARE YOU CRAZY. WE’RE STUPID FOR DOING THAT. I HAVE TO SEE IF I CAN GET THEM SYNCHED UP FOR ONE LAP.>>HE’S LAUGHING ABOUT IT TOO. >>IF THERE’S ONE GUY WHO CAN PUT HIS RIGHT FOOT DOWN, IT’S TONY STEWART. I KNOW IF THEY TOLD HIM HE WASN’T WIDE OPEN, HE WILL BE TAKING HIS LEFT FOOT AND PUTTING IT OVER ON TOP OF HIS RIGHT FOOT.>>THAT’S THE WORST THING YOU CAN SEE AS A DRIVER WHEN YOU THOUGHT THAT YOU WERE SOMETHING AND THEY SHOW YOU SOMETHING DIFFERENT.>>YEAH.>>LOTS OF CHANGES GOING ON. WE’VE SEEN DIFFERENT THINGS GOING ON. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’VE HANDLED THE SPEED. >>204 MILES AN HOUR INTO TURN ONE.>>WOW.>>I WANTTO ASK YOU, YOU’VE WORKED WITH WARREN.>>GOSH.>>I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT HE BRINGS TO THAT TEAM?>>HE’S A BRILLIANT GUY. HE HAS A DEGREE IN — HE’S A ROCKET SCIENTIST.>>HE’S A REAL ROCKET SCIENTIST.>>ERIC WORKED FOR ME ON MY PROGRAM. WE’RE STILL CERTAINLY FRIENDS. ERIC HAS BEEN MATURING THROUGH THE — HE’S WORKED FOR PENSKE. HE’S WORKED FOR ME. HE WAS ON THE RAUSCH/PETTY PROGRAM. I THINK WHAT HE CAN BRING TO THEM. ERIC’S EXPER STEES A LOT IN THE SIMULATIONS. WE TALK ABOUT THE SCIENTIFICS OF PUTTING A RACE CAR TOGETHER. IF THEY COMBINE THAT WITH THE HANDS ON GUYS, LIKE GILL AND KEVIN HARVICK, IT WOULD BE A GOOD COMBINATION.>>KEVIN HARVICK POSTED THE THIRD FASTEST SPEED. HE USED EVERY INCH OF THIS RACETRACK. LOOK AT THIS. >>HE DID BOTH LAPS. HE GETS RIGHT UP NEXT TO THAT WALL.>>YOU CAN’T ACCUSE HIM. HE GOT ALL THERE WAS. >>I JUST HAVEN’T THOUGHT TO WATCH THE ENTRY SPEEDS ON THESE CORNERS. KEVIN HARVICK WAS DOING 204 MILES AN HOUR. HE WAS OVER 200 AT THE START/FINISH LINE. >>I NOTICED IT EARLIER WHEN LaBONTE RAN. WE WILL LIKELY SEE SOME SPEEDS GOING IN THERE THAT ARE MUCH HIGHER THAN THAT. >>YEAH. THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT HOW EARLY THEIR BACK IN THE THROTTLE.>>207 MILES AN HOUR FROM BURTON. THEY’RE BACK IN THE GAS, WIDE OPEN BEFORE THEY GET TO THE CENTER OF THE CORNER. THIS JUST TRANSLATES INTO SO MUCH SPEED. >>RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE, THEY’RE NOT GETTING ANYTHING LESS THAN 183 WAS THE MINIMUM SPEED. THAT’S ALMOST AS IMPRESSIVE IF NOT MORE SO. >>ON THE 1 1/2 TRACK. JEFF BURTON, EIGHTH FASTEST, FIRST OF HIS TWO LAPS A BIT QUICKER. RYAN NEWMAN, STILL ON TOP OF THE BOARDS. IN SEARCH OF THAT 50th POLE IN [ Bell Tolls ]INT CUP>>>DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY, AND JUST TO ITS WEST, KANSAS CITY, KANSAS. KANSAS SPEEDWAY WHERE NASCAR SPRINT CUP QUALIFYING IS ON BOARD. PAUL MENARD FINISHING UP HIS RUN. DURING THE BREAK, FOURTH PRACTICE. CHILD RES CARS IN THIRD AND FOURTH.>>LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE WORKING TOGETHER ANY WAY. THAT’S WHAT THEY NEED. THAT’S THE THING THEY’VE BEEN LACKING IS SPEED. FINALLY GETTING SOME OF IT.>>AND HERE IS MARK MARTIN ON THE TRACK IN THE 55. MARK IS GOING TO BE IN THIRD POSITION.>>JUST A FEW HUNDREDTHS OFF THE POLE TOO.>>THAT MIGHT HAVE JUST SLOWED THAT THING DOWN ENOUGH ON THE FIRST LAP? THEY’RE HITTING THAT THING IN THE EXACT RIGHT SPOT ON THE LEFT FRONT CORNER. >>I BELIEVE HE’S GOT IT.>>GOOD @@JOB.>>@@191.238 MILES AN HOUR, MAR MARTIN TO THE TOP OF THE BOARD.>>THAT’S A NUMBER FOR CARL EDWARDS TO SHOOT FOR, DAVE. >>THAT’S A BIG NUMBER. HE WAS @@FOURTH IN PRACTICE QUALIFYING EARLIER TODAY. HOW MUCH MORE DO YOU DO OR CAN YOU DO OR DO YOU NOT WANT TO DO AS A @@DRIVER TO GET THAT POLE SPEED?>>FOR ME, I WOULD DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. IF WE GET THE POLE HERE AND GET A GOOD STARTING SPOT AND WIN THE RACE, WELD CHANGE THE WAY WE LOOK AT OUR WHOLE SEASON. WE’VE STRUGGLED. A WIN HERE WOULD BE HUGE. THIS IS AS CLOSE AS I GET TO HOME WITH THE CUP CAR. I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEKEND.>>TRYING TO TURN THINGS AROUND WITH THE 99.>>TREVOR BAYNE.>>SOMETIME I WOULD LIKE TO SEE TREVOR BAYNE — LITTLE WIGGLE RIGHT THERE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM IN A SITUATION WHERE HE DIDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT JUST GOING OUT AND MAKING THE WRAS THIS CAR. TO WHERE HE CAN TURN IT LOOSE. THERE’S A LOT OF SPEED HERE. THEY HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT NOT MAKING A MISTAKE TO MAKE SURE THEY GET IN THE RACE.>>AND IN THE RACE THEY ARE. 22nd ON THAT FIRST LAP. THAT LOCKS IN TREVOR BAYNE AND KNOCKS COLE WHITT FROM THE FIELD. STREMME WHITT AND WISE WILL GO HOME. FIELDS WILL GO BACK TO BEING DETERMINED BY SPEED WITH 36 QUALIFYING ON TIMES, SIX PROVISIONALS FOR THE TOP CARS AND OWNERS POINTS THAT HAVEN’T MADE THE DEAL AND ONE PAST CHAMPION’S. THAT WILL START IN FEBRUARY WITH DAYTONA. THE QUALIFYING RACES IN DAYTONA GO BACK TO BEING MORE IMPORTANT AS WELL. SO AS CLINT BOWYER HEADS OUT TO THE RACE CAR, LAST WE SAW CLINT, HIS CAR WAS ROLLING INTO VICTORY LANE AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY. THERE WERE A HANDFUL OF ESPN “SPORTSCENTER” ANCHORS THAT DON’T GET TO MUCH MORE TIME AROUND NASCAR WHO WAS AT THE CHARLOTTE RACETRACK. THEY GOT TO DRIVE. AND WE HAVE CHRIS ON THE LEFT, JOHN, CARISSA, SARA. THEY GOT A REAL INSIDE LOOK AT WHAT THE WORLD OF NASCAR IS ALL ABOUT. >>YEAH. I THINK THEY ENJOYED HAVING A GOOD TIME THERE AND SEEING LITTLE MORE — SO MANY OF THEM HAVEN’T BEEN AROUND OUR SPORT THAT MUCH. SO WE WANTED TO THEM TO SEE FIRSTHAND WHAT IT’S ABOUT. CLINT BOWYER, SECOND QUICKEST.>>HE’S STARTING TO SHOW SOME STRENGTH NOT ONLY THE TOYOTAS BUT THE MICHAEL WALTRIP CARS HAVE BEEN SHOWING AN AWFUL LOT OF SPEED. >>191.1 MILES AN HOUR FOR BOYER.>>THERE’S MICHAEL.>>I THINK HE GOT FIRST AND SECOND RIGHT NOW. FIRST, SECOND, AND EIGHTH WITH HIS THREE CARS.>>WHEN WE STARTED THAT RACE, WHEN MICHAEL STARTED, BUT I WAS A PART OF IT THERE, WE USED TO GO FROM THE BOTTOM UP TO FIND CARS WITH SPEED. WHAT A BIG TURN AROUND. IT SAYS A LOT OF GOOD THINGS ABOUT MICHAEL WALTRIP. ROB COMING IN TO BE A PART OF THAT AND EVERYBODY THAT THEY HAVE ON BOARD THERE. I TALKED TO MARK MARTIN WHO IS ON THE POLE AND A TEAMMATE, I TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT HE HAS HAD, HE DEFLECTS THAT TO EVERYBODY THAT’S THERE. THIS MAN HAS BEEN A BIG PART OF THAT. HE SHOWS THEM HOW FAST THESE RACE CAR WILLS GO. THE OTHERS HAVE TO STEP UP. THEY KNOW THE SPEED IS THERE. >>HE HAS THE FASTEST CAR RIGHT NOW. >>HE WAS TELLING ME, I USUALLY DON’T BELIEVE IN TWO-LAP QUALIFYING, BUT YOU HAD TO THERE. WHY?>>YEAH. I NEED TO PRACTICE HOLDING MY BREATH FOR A MINUTE. WE GOT LOOSE THE FIRST LAP THERE AND IN THE MIDDLE OF TWO AND ONE AND THE CAR HAS BEEN GETTING TIGHTER AS WE GO. I KNOW THE SECOND LAP WOULD BE TIGHT EER. I NEEDED — I LOST TIME THERE. REALLY STEPPED OUT IN THE MIDDLE, ONE AND TWO. >>THAT’S YOUR TEAMMATE TRYING TO RUN YOU OTHER, BY THE WAY. SO ANY WAYS, IT’S A GOOD RUN. THAT ONE WAS MORE WORK THAN I WAS USED TO FOR QUALIFYING. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AN EASY LAP. >>NICE WORK BY HIM AS HE HANGS ON RIGHT NOW, ALLEN.>>LOOK AT THAT GRAPH ON KYLE BUSCH, SO CLOSE. >>SO CLOSE BUT STILL JUST THIRD.>>YEAH.>>I SPOKE TO CREW CHIEF RODNEY CHILDRESS THIS WEEKEND, HE SIGNED AGAIN. RODNEY WANTED TO SPEND ANOTHER YEAR WITH MARK MARTIN. HE FELT SO STRONGLY ABOUT WORKING WITH MARK MARTIN. HE SAID, HE’S BEEN ROOTING FOR ME AND WITH ME. I REALLY WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH HIM.>>I THINK HE’S GOOD FOR THE ORGANIZATION TOO.>>WELL, MARK MARTIN AND CLINT BOWYER FIRST AND SECOND. KYLE BUSCH THIRD. >>YOU TRIED TO RUN THEM OVER. HIS TIME WAS FASTER THAN YOURS. WHERE DID HE GET YOU THERE?>>MARK MART SEASON A QUALIFYING MACHINE. IF YOU GET REMOTELY CLOSE TO WHAT HE RUNS IN QUALIFYING TRIM IT’S A GOOD RUN FOR ME. JUST PROUD OF OUR GUYS. THE CAR IS PRETTY GOOD. THAT WAS A GOOD PICKUP. IT WILL BE A GOOD STARTING SPOT. THAT’S A FAST LAP. IT’S UNREAL HOW MUCH THAT GETS YOUR ATTENTION. THE THING KIND OF WIGGLED. I SAW CARS GETTING TIGHT. THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN FIGHTING TIGHT OFF OF TWO. I WAS SLOW GETTING TO THE GAS.>>LOT OF WIDE EYES DOWN HERE, ALLEN. >>WITH A LOT OF SMILES THERE TOO. AND BOY, WHAT IT WOULD MEAN FOR CLINT BOWYER IF HE COULD WIN THIS RACE ON SUNDAY AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY. TONY STEWART.>>HE’S BEEN WORKING RIGHT THERE.>>HAS TO PICK IT UP ON THE SECOND LAP. 25th QUICKEST.>>SLOWER OFF OF TURN TWO THAT TIME. DOESN’T MATTER WHERE HE QUALIFIES.>>ANOTHER DRIVER THAT DOESN’T GET THAT MUCH IN QUALIFYING, BUT ALSO SHOWS UP IN THAT TOP TEN, IF NOT LOOKING FOR A VICTORY.>>SECOND LAP FOR TONY. IT IS GOING TO BE LITTLE SLOWER SO 25th OUT OF 37 FOR TONY STEWART. HE’LL HAVE SOME WORK TO DO ON SUNDAY TO GET THAT ALL-IMPORTANT TRACK POSITION. NINE CARS TO GO. MARK MARTIN ON THE>>>DOWN TO THE FINAL NINE CARS IN THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP QUALIFYING. KANSAS SPEEDWAY, A.J. ALLMENDINGER, SEVENTH FASTEST. KYLE BUSCH SITS IN THE NUMBER THREE SPOT ON THE BOARD BEHIND CLINT BOWYER, WHO IS SECOND AND MARK MARTIN WHO IS CURRENTLY IN THE NUMBER ONE POSITION. HERE IS MATT KENSETH ON THE TRACK NOW. >>WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT HORSEPOWER. WE SNEED TO TALK ABOUT THE TOYOTA POWER, ONE, TWO, THREE.>>HE HAS GOOD LAP. SEVENTH QUICKEST ON THAT FIRST ONE. TOYOTA IS SHOWING A LOT OF HORSEPOWER. >>THE FIRST LAP WAS PRETTY CLEAN.>>GET IT?>>YEAH, I GOT IT.>>WE HEARD CUT THE ENGINE, PLEASE.>>THERE YOU GO.>>I’M WITH YOU HERE. MATT SEVENTH FASTEST. KYLE BUSCH THIRD. >>HE’S UP THERE THIRD. ALL THESE GUYS ARE HIGH-FIVING ABOUT THAT LAP. HOW DID THAT FEEL TO YOU?>>ALL OF THOSE GUYS ARE HIGH-FIVING BECAUSE WE’RE COMING BACK ALIVE. IT’S FAST. IT’S CRAZY. THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL IS COOL. IT’S A LOT OF FUN TO DRIVE. THE SPEEDS YOU CARRY NOT NECESSARILY JUST DOWN THE STRAIGHTAWAY BUT THE MINIMUM THROUGH THE CORNERS IS AMAZING. GUYS DID A NICE JOB. HOPE THAT HOLDS UP FOR US TO GET A GOOD STARTING SPOT. BUT WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS HERE. GO GET THEM SUNDAY. >>KYLE GOT HIS FIRST TOP TEN IN THE TRACK IN THE SPRING, ALLEN. >>WHOA. REGAN SMITH, HUGE MOMENT THERE IN TURN ONE. >>HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO REGROUP HERE.>>WOW.>>THAT WAS CLOSE.>>HE CARRIED A LOT OF SPEED DOWN IN THERE. LOOKS LIKE HE WAS REALLY GOING AFTER IT. THAT THING STARTED WIGGLING IN THE MIDDLE ONE AND TWO. NOW YOU HAVE TO REGROUP. SEE IF YOU CAN MAKE SOME KIND OF EFFORT OUT OF THIS SECOND LAP.>>WOW. TALKED TO REGAN THIS MORNING. HE THOUGHT THEY HAD A GOOD CAR FOR QUALIFYING. HE IS SEVENTH FASTEST IN PRACTICE EARLIER. BUT THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT.>>JUST TOO FREE. AS SOON AS THAT CAR LOADED UP GETTING INTO ONE, IT WAS OUT OF CONTROL. HE HAD TO SAVE IT. >>I SAW THE BIG WIGGLE THERE.>>IT’S NOT VERY GOOD. >>34th FOR REGAN SMITH. AND 28.84. HE’S LUCKY TO HAVE A RACE CAR IN ONE PIECE. >>YEAH, THAT’S THE BIGGEST THING. HE DID A NICE JOB. YOU CAN SEE THAT THING JUST TURNING IN THERE. THE BACK DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH GRIP TO KEEP UP. MOST OF THE TIME YOU GET OUT OF THE GROOVE, YOU’LL BE SETTING SAIL. REGAN KEPT THE CAR IN ONE PIECE AND SETTLE IT DOWN. >>DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS OUT IN PITTSBURGH. GOING THROUGH THERAPY THERE. HE SAID THE PLAN IS FOR EARLY NEXT WEEK FOR HIM TO JUMP IN A RACE CAR. HE SLATED TO BE RETURNED IN THE RACE A WEEK FROM SUNDAY. JIMMIE JOHNSON ON THE TRACK NOW. BRAD KESELOWSKI SITTING 19th IN THE QUALIFYING ORDER. WHILE WE WATCH JIMMIE, LET’S CHECK WITH DAVE BURNS.>>WHO IS WITH THE GUY WHO WAS FASTEST IN PRACTICE. JUST KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR JIMMIE AS WELL. VERY IMPRESSIVE IN PRACTICE. CAN YOU REPEAT AND GET YOUR SECOND KNOLL A ROW?>>I THINK SO. YOU KNOW, THIS HAS WORKED REALLY GOOD. THE GUYS DID A GREAT JOB ON IT. WE LEFT IT ALONE FROM PRACTICE WHICH IS UNUSUAL. BUT, YOU KNOW, AS LONG AS IT HAS THE GRIP, THE TRACK DIDN’T COOL DOWN TOO MUCH, I THINK WE’LL BE ABLE TO DO IT. >>HE WAS REALLY GOOD IN PRACTICE. WHAT DID JIMMIE DO THERE?>>FIFTH IN LAP ONE. AND FIFTH ON LAP TWO. PICKED IT UP A LITTLE BIT ON THE SECOND LAP, NOT ENOUGH TO MOVE UP ANY IN RANK. JIMMIE JOHNSON WILL START PRETTY CLOSE TO THE FRONT. JOHNSON FIT, HAMLIN SIXTH, KESELOWSKI 20th. SOUNDS KIND OF FAMILIAR. ISN’T THAT HOW THEY STARTED LAST SATURDAY NIGHT IN CHARLOTTE TOO?>>VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT THEY DID. KESELOWSKI IS ABLE TO USE A LITTLE STRATEGY TO GET HIMSELF UP TO THE FRONT. AND STAYED THERE UNTIL THEY RAN A LITTLE SHORT ON FUEL.>>I THINK WHAT WAS INTERESTING AND IMPRESSIVE LAST WEEK, THEY LED THE MOST LAPS LAST WEEK. THEY DID MOST OF THAT ON TIRES THAT WERE OLDER.>>KASEY KAHNE ON THE TRACK NOW. FIVE CARS TO GO. IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US, NEW SURFACE HERE, RECONFIGURATION, SO ON, REALLY EXPECTED TO BE FAST, FAST, FAST FOR THE RACE PACE IS CONCERNED ON SUNDAY. THE FASTER YOU GO, THE HARDER IT IS TO PACE. KASEY KAHNE IS GOING FAST. >>REALLY FAST.>>GOT JUST ENOUGH TO GET TO THE TOP RIGHT THERE. .02 OF A SECOND. >>WOW.>>KASEY GOOD QUALIFIER. ALWAYS QUALIFIES HERE. HE’S MATURED AND DONE A GOOD JOB FOR MR. HENDRICK THERE.>>WELL, THAT’S THE NEW FAST LAP. BARELY FOR KASEY KAHNE AND HE GOES TO THE TOP OF THE BOARD WITH FOUR DRIVERS TO GO. >>191.360 MILES AN HOUR. ONE OF THE TOP DEFENSES AND MOST EXPLOSIVE OFFENSES HIGHLIGHTED S.E.C. TUSSLE ON ESPN TOMORROW AFTERNOON. LESS MILES LED BY SAM MONTGOMERY LOOK TO SLOW DOWN SENSATIONAL TEXAS A&M. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY CARS.COM. LIVE ON WATCHESPN ALSO. CERTAINLY GLAD THINGS — VERY SCARY SITUATION DOWN IN COLLEGE STATION AT THE TEXAS A&M CAMPUS. THEY EVACUATED THE CAMPUS @@ BECAUSE OF A BOMB [email protected]@ OUR ESPN CREW IS BACK @@INSIDE E FIELD. CONTINUING TO SET UP FOR THE GAME. ALL APPEARS TO BE [email protected]@ GOOD SHA THERE. IT WAS SCARY THOUGH. >>[email protected]@ DEFINITELY.>>HERE [email protected]@@@ CARL [email protected]@ HE MAY BE @@DISAPPOINTED WITH THAT, I @@THINK. 14th.>>SEE IF HE CAN GET A LITTLE BIT. THEY WERE TALKING TO BIFFLE. HE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO RUN WHAT HE RAN IN PRACTICE TO GET THE POLE FROM MARK MARTIN. NOW HE HAS TO PICK IT UP JUST A LITTLE BIT. >>HE SLOWED DOWN FROM PRACTICE.>>4th FOR CARL EDWARDS. JIMMIE JOHNSON SITTING IN SIXTH.>>AND HE IS CURRENTLY. AFTER PRACTICE HE SAID WE’RE SO FAST IN QUALIFYING TRIM I SAW ELVIS. DID YOU SEE ELVIS IN THAT RUN?>>I DID MITCH SAW HIM AGAIN. IT’S AN OLD SAYING, DRIVE IT IN THE CORNER AND DON’T HIT THE BRAKES UNTIL YOU SEE. AND THERE’S A FEW NAMES THAT COME ABOUT. I WENT AND SAW ELVIS AGAIN AND WENT FURTHER YET. I HAD A GREAT LAP. IT’S CLOSE UP AT THE TOP. IT’S HARD TO LOOK BACK ON THE LAP AND SAY WHERE I COULD HAVE BEEN FASTER, BECAUSE I WAS DRIVING MY GUTS OUT AND DOING ALL I CAN AROUND THE TRACK. YOU KNOW IT’S FAST. YOU JUST DON’T KNOW IF IT’S FAST ENOUGH. I THINK WE’LL BE STRONG SUNDAY. WE’VE BEEN HERE SO MANY DAYS. WE’RE FRIDAY. COME SUNDAY WE’LL BE GREAT. >>ALLEN?>>KEEP THAT MAN ON SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKEND. HERE IS ARIC ALMIROLA. THIS WILL BE JUST THE SECOND START HERE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY. TAKING A RUN AT IT. WOW.>>REALLY CLOSE. GOOD QUALIFIER. HE IS A POLE WINNER AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR THE 600 THAT WAS HIS FIRST AND MAYBE HIS ONLY POLE. HE IS SHOWING SPEED ON THAT 1 1/2. >>CHECK OUT THE NUMBERS. 28.219, 28.237, 28.253.>>IT’S LIKE SHORT-TRACK RACING WHERE WE SEE HUNDREDTHS OF A SECOND SEPARATING EACH SPOT. CLOSE DOWN A TENTH. TOP FIVE SPOT RIGHT NOW. >>VERY NICE.>>YOU TALK ABOUT COMPETITIVE, THE DISTANCE OF 1 1/2, HOW MUCH REALLY IS .1 OF A SECOND. >>PRETTY CLOSE.>>I CAN’T FIGURE IT OUT.>>I ACTUALLY AM ALWAYS FASCINATED BY THAT. I GIVE UP TRYING TO DO THE CALCULATION. I HAVE TROUBLE CARRYING THE ONE. HOW MUCH INCHES OR FEET WOULD IT BE AT THAT SPEED? AND THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF SPEED HERE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND AT KANSAS. VERY QUICK PRACTICE SESSION. THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE AT 3:00 EASTERN ON ESPN AS STENHOUSE AND SADLER CONTINUE TO FIGHT. NASCAR SPRINT CUP PRESENTED BY RAM. 1:00 P.M. EASTERN ON SUNDAY. WHO IS GOING TO WIN IT? HOW WILL THE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS FAIR? TWO CARS TO GO. KASEY KAHNE ON THE POLE. JOEY LOGANO MAKING A RUN AT IT.>>JOEY WAS REALLY EXCITED WHEN I SPOKE TO HIM LAST NIGHT ABOUT HIS CARS FOR THIS RACE, BOTH THE NATIONWIDE CAR AND THE CUP CAR. FEELS LIKE HE HAS A PRETTY GOOD CAR. LOOKS LIKE HE’LL GIVE IT UP WITH ONE AND DONE. >>THAT WILL BE EIGHTH FASTEST FOR JOEY LOGANO. ONE CAR LEFT TO GO. IT WILL EITHER BE KASEY KAHNE OR GREG BIFFLE TO LEAD THIS RACE ON SUNDAY. >>KASEY KAHNE IS TAKING IT IN. DO YOU THINK IT’S GOOD ENOUGH TO STICK HERE?>>IT’S A FAST CAR TOO. GREG HAS BEEN FAST ALL WEEKEND. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF WE CAN KEEP IT. OUR FARMER INSURANCE CHEVROLET WAS AWESOME. I WENT INTO THREE AND FELT LIKE IT WAS STILL WIDE OPEN. I WENT BACK TO WIDE OPEN AND THEN I STARTED JUST CHATTERING LITTLE BIT. EASE BACK OFF THROTTLE AND BACK DOWN. I GAVE UP TIME DOING THAT. SO FAR SO GOOD, THOUGH. >>INTERESTING. STILL HAD MORE. WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE FIT HOLDS FOR PERHAPS HIS THIRD POLE HERE. >>ONE CAR TO GO. HERE IT IS. GREG BIFFLE.>>ALL HE HAS TO DO IS DO WHAT HE DID IN PRACTICE AND HE’LL HAVE IT.>>IF ONLY IT WERE THAT SIMPLE, RIGHT?>>I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH INCHES OR FEET THAT MAY BE.>>HE’S TRYING TO PICK UP.>>FROM THIS POINT FOR SURE.>>YEP.>>KASEY KAHNE IS LIKING WHAT HE SEES SO FAR.>>MARK MARTIN WENT FASTER ON HIS SECOND LAP. SOUNDS LIKE BIFFLE WILL SHUT IT DOWN AFTER ONE. >>LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FIVE ON THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR TO BE UP FRONT THIS WEEK. >>KASEY KAHNE IS CLAPPING ON THE RIGHT WHEN HE GOT THE WORD. SO KASEY KAHNE WILL LEAD THIS FIELD TO THE GREEN ON SUNDAY WITH THE POLE POSITION OF 26th IN HIS NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES CAREER AND HIS THIRD HERE AT KANSAS ALREADY. AND WHILE WE WAIT TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT, LET’S CHECK IN WITH DAVE.>>WITH ARIC ALMIROLA, GETTING PATS ON HIS BACK FROM HIS CREW. DID YOU GET ALL THAT YOU NEEDED TO GET?>>I GOT ALL OF IT. IT WAS JUST TOO LOOSE. BUT THIS FUSION HAS BEEN FAST SINCE WE GOT HERE. IT’S BEEN REALLY FAST IN RACE TRIM AND QUALIFYING TRIM AS WELL. SO JUST PROUD OF ALL THE GUYS AT RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS. WE’VE HAD A FAST CAR SINCE WE GOT HERE. IT WAS FAST RIGHT THERE. JUST TOO LOOSE TO GET AS MUCH AS I NEEDED TO TO BEAT THE FIVE. BUT MAN, THIS PLACE IS FAST. >>WHAT IS RACING GOING TO LOOK LIKE HERE ON SUNDAY?>>I’M GLAD I’M FIFTH. THE SECOND GROOVE LOOKS LIKE IT’S NOT WORKING REAL GOOD YET. MAYBE THE NATIONWIDE RACE WILL GET THAT BETTER. I’M GLAD I’M STARTING ON THE INSIDE IN FIFTH. THE RACE WILL BE A LOT ABOUT TRACK POSITION. IMPORTANT THAT WE STARTED WITH A GOOD NOTE AND STARTING UP FRONT. THAT WILL BE IMPORTANT ALL DAY. >>GOT THE FIRST STEP DOWN. ALLEN?>>DAVE, THANKS. SO RIC ALMIROLA. KASEY KAHNE, AS WE LOOK AT THE STARTING LINEUP FOR THAT 400 MILER WITH KAHNE AND MARTIN GOING TO SHARE THE FRONT ROW AND CLINT BOWYER, ON THE INSIDE OF ROW TWO.>>YOU HAVE TO GIVE JIMMIE JOHNSON THE EARLY EDGE HERE. QUALIFYING UP THERE INSIDE THE TOP TEN.>>JOEY LOGANO, EVEN THOUGH HE’S NOT A PART OF THE CHASE HAS HAD A GOOD CHASE SO FAR WITH SOME TOP TEN FINISHES.>>ALL MIN DINGER IN THAT A 51 CAR. >>THE THING I’M WORRIED ABOUT IS BRAD KESELOWSKI IN 25th SPOT. A LONG WAYS TO GO ON A TIGHT TRACK.>>TONY STEWART. AND THE FINAL THREE. AGAIN, THOSE WHO FAILED TO QUALIFY, STREMME, COLE WHITT AND WISE. AS KASEY KAHNE SCORES HIS FOURTH POLE OF THE 2012 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES. SO RECORD-SETTING SPEED HERE ON THE DAY TODAY HERE AT THE KANSAS SPEEDWAY. NOW WE LOOK AHEAD TO SUNDAY’S 400 MILES. HEADLINE NUMBER ONE WOULD IN FACT BE THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER STARTING WAY BACK IN THE PACK. >>YEAH. WE SAW THIS HAPPEN ONCE BEFORE WHEN WE WENT TO TEXAS. REMEMBER HOW FAST IT WAS WHEN IT WAS BRAND NEW, IT WAS ONE GROOVE. THERE WAS A LOT OF CRASHES. I’M WORRIED ABOUT THAT. I THINK IT’S SOMEWHERE BETWEEN TWO TO THREE FEET.>>WHAT I’M SEEING HERE IS THIS TRACK IS TREACHEROUS. WE HAVEN’T SEEN A LOT OF CAUTIONS THIS YEAR. THIS MIGHT BE A RACE WHERE WE SEE MORE CAUTIONS. THAT MIGHT EFFECT SOME OF THE STRATEGY THAT SOME OF THE TEAMS ARE THINKING ABOUT. I THINK THAT WILL BE A HARD FIGHT BACK THERE FROM 25th FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI. >>DEFINITELY GOING TO BE INTERESTING DAY FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED. THE PIT CREWS WILL BE A BIG PART OF THIS. STRATEGY WILL BE A BIG PART OF IT. SOME THINGS I SAW IN PRACTICE, GETTING ON THE PIT ROAD WILL BE INTERESTING. IT’S A TOUGH TRANSITION. VERY TIGHT. GETTING ON TO THAT PIT ROAD. HAVE TO SLOW DOWN. THE BOTTOM GROOVE IS STILL THE FASTER WAY AROUND. THE ONLY WAY AROUND RIGHT NOW. SO COULD WE SEE SOME PROBLEMS THERE?>>SO ALL 46 CARS QUALIFYING FASTER THAN THE PREVIOUS TRACK RECORD. KASEY KAHNE, THE FASTEST OF THEM. HE’LL LEAVE THE FIELD FOR THE GREEN FLAG ON SUNDAY. UP NEXT,

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