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Kasey Kahne starts third in Saturday's Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada

Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge, starts third for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after posting a lap time of 31.570 seconds around the 1.5-mile oval.

Bobby Hamilton, Jr., who will start in second position, posted the same lap time as Kahne; however, due to NASCAR rules if there is a tie the team that is highest in owner points gets the position.

Mike Bliss captured the Bud Pole position after posting a time of 31.535 seconds.

"The car is perfect," said Kahne. "All of the changes that this team made after practice were perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better car to qualify in. These guys did a great job.

"The car we brought this weekend is the same car that won the pole at Michigan and won at Homestead last year, so you can see why I like it so much. It always runs well.

"I left a little bit out there on my first lap because I didn't think the tires were in yet, so I might have been able to get a little more. We are really happy with third, and we're ready to bring home a strong finish."

Following Bliss, Hamilton, Jr., and Kahne are Martin Truex, Jr., and Jason Leffler to round out the top five.

Also to note, Kahne captured his first Bud Pole position in the NEXTEL Cup Series today with a lap time of 30.874 seconds.

The Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series event gets the green flag at 4 p.m. EST Saturday. FX and PRN radio have live coverage with pre-race coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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