Kahne circled the half-mile oval in 16.016 seconds, with Juan Pablo Montoya turning in a lap of 16.064 to qualify second.
There were 30 drivers within 2/10 second of each other. Kahne will be looking for his first victory of the year after winning six times in 2006.
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