- Associated Press - Saturday, September 3, 2011

ATLANTA (AP) - Kasey Kahne will start from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, one spot ahead of Clint Bowyer, as two longshots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship will have another shot at a much-needed win.

Kahne, who called Atlanta Motor Speedway his favorite track, won the pole with a speed of 186.196 mph. He is 15th in the points race and acknowledged he must win Sunday or next week in Richmond to have a shot to qualify for the Chase.

Points leader Kyle Busch qualified third, one spot ahead of Brian Vickers.

Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch round out the top 10.

Brad Keselowski, who has won two of the last four races, qualified 14th.


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