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Earnhardt sets record to take Kentucky pole

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm •  Published: June 28, 2013
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Johnson, the series points leader, promptly raised the bar higher with a speed that seemed to put the pole and the record out of reach even with two-thirds of qualifying remaining. Newman gave chase and briefly had the second spot before settling for a solid berth in the field.

"I feel good," said Johnson, who checked his No. 48 Chevy for damage after hitting one of the truck's bumps and going airborne. "I felt (turns) one and two went really well. (Turns) three and four, I thought maybe I could have been a little faster through there."

Earnhardt, sixth after the final practice, soon grabbed his up-front view and the record as all the elements fell into place for his first pole since September at Richmond.

"The cloud cover at least gave us a bit of speed," said Earnhardt, who joked that getting a haircut between practice and qualifying might have made him more aerodynamic as well. "Of course, cooler track temps gives the car more grip and we definitely had the better situation of anyone in practice with that scenario.

"There were some clouds in the qualifying session, but not quite the extent that we had. I did think the lap was really good."