Kahne leads Chase drivers in Talladega qualifying, Bowyer third

Kasey Kahne has won the pole at Talladega Superspeedway, the fourth race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
   
Kahne's lap of 191.455 mph earned him the top starting spot for Sunday's race. Ryan Newman qualified second with a lap at 191.145, giving Chevrolet a sweep of the front row.
   
Two-time defending race winner Clint Bowyer qualified third and was surprised by the strong run. He said he expected to qualify poorly, and the good starting spot will force him to change his race strategy.

"I'm blown away, shocked that we were top-three," said Bowyer. "Very, very proud of (Brian) Pattie (crew chief) and everybody on our 5-hour ENERGY Toyota with the support of the Avon Foundation and everything we've got going on."

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart qualified fourth, and Greg Biffle was fifth to put four Chase drivers in the top five.
   
Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. rounded out the top 10.

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