Long Pond, Pa. Kasey Kahne continued his midseason turnaround Friday by winning his first pole of the year at Pocono Raceway. Kahne snapped a 52-race winless streak two weeks ago in the Coca-Cola 600, which came eight days after he scored a $1 million payday by winning the All-Star race.
Kahne ran a lap at 170.219 mph in his No. 9 Dodge to knock Jimmie Johnson off the top starting spot. It was the 15th pole of his career and second at Pocono - he set the track record here in 2004 with a lap of 172.533.