Kasey Kahne steals the pole at Michigan

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 12: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz after winning the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 12:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz after winning the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 12: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz after winning the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Kasey Kahne metaphorically knocked the broom from Kevin Harvick’s hands Friday.  Kahne bested arguably one of the hottest drivers in NASCAR at the moment beating Harvick in the third and final round of knockout qualifying and will lead the field to the green for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Harvick led the first two sessions and looked to be a lock for the pole. Kahne had other ideas however and put down a lap of 35.645 seconds, 201.992 mph to secure his third pole of the season.

“Definitely a strong car today,” Kahne said. MORE>>>

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