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3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it Picture Paper - Michigan International Speedway

Kahne Wins Rain-Shortened Race at Michigan
Kasey Kahne received some help from Mother Nature on Sunday and won the rain-shortened 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-It Picture Paper at Michigan International Speedway, scoring his fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 87th career start. The race was called after 129 laps, 71 laps short of the full distance, when strong thunderstorms pelted the track. Kahne’s pit crew got him out of this pits a few inches ahead of Carl Edwards following the caution on lap 112, giving him a lead that he would not relinquish over the next seven green-flag laps. Rain brought out the yellow flag on lap 125, then the red on the 129th lap, where the race was eventually called, giving Kahne his fourth victory in 2006, the most of all drivers. Kahne also won at Atlanta, Texas and Charlotte. Four of Kahne’s five victories have come from the pole position, with the only race that he did not win from the top starting spot coming at Lowe’s in May, where he started ninth. This was Kahne’s first victory and third top-five finish in five races at Michigan. Kahne gave team owner Ray Evernham his 11th NEXTEL Cup victory and second at Michigan International Speedway. His first Michigan victory was scored by Jeremy Mayfield last August. Boosted by the win, Kahne climbed from fifth to third in the NEXTEL Cup point standings. Edwards finished in the second position, his fourth top-10 finish in four races here at Michigan. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was happy with his third-place finish, only his third top-10 finish in 14 races at Michigan, as he climbed from sixth to fourth in the point standings. Greg Biffle was scored in fourth place and advanced to the top ten in points for the first time this season, while rookie Reed Sorenson scored his first top-five finish in his 17-race career with a fifth-place effort.

3M Performance 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Final Practice
· Dodge Final Practice Quotes
· Ford Final Practice Quotes
· Chevrolet Final Practice Quotes
· Rookie Final Practice Quotes
· Practice 2
· Chevrolet Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Qualifying Order
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Bill Lester Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes

Kahne Captures MIS Pole
Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it Picture Paper, lapping Michigan International Speedway in 38.784 seconds at 185.644 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 37.069 seconds, 194.232 mph - set June 17, 2005. This is Kahne’s 10th career Bud Pole in 87 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. Kahne posted his fourth pole position and ninth top-10 start of 2006. It is his first pole and third top-four start in five races at Michigan International Speedway. Kahne became the eighth different Bud Pole winner in the past 10 races at Michigan. Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 38.805 seconds, 185.543 mph – and will join Kahne on the front row for the 3M Performance 400. Gordon posted his 18th top-10 start in 27 Michigan races. He has started on the front row in four of the last five races here (one Bud Pole and three second-place starts). Brian Vickers (third) posted his fifth top-10 start this season. This is his fourth top-10 start in five races at Michigan. Jimmie Johnson will start fourth. It is his 10th top-10 start of the 2006 season and his fourth top-10 start in nine Michigan races. Bobby Labonte qualified in fifth, posting his fifth top-10 start in 2006 and his 15th in 28 races at Michigan. Bill Lester qualified for his second career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race with a 34th starting position. Lester started 19th and finished 38th at Atlanta earlier this year and became the first African-American driver to compete on NASCAR’s premier series since Willie T. Ribbs in this race in 1986.


 

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