NASCAR & Auto Racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. breaks Kentucky lap-speed record, wins pole

The bumpier the better as far as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is concerned.

Earnhardt won the pole for Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway after posting a track-record lap speed Friday at 183.636 mph.

"We like the bumps (on the track); at least in the corners anyways," Earnhardt said of his lap. "This Chevrolet had good grip and good speed and we had a cool race track. We had a lot of shade there for a couple of guys in front of us."

Carl Edwards qualfied second, Sprint Cup series points leader Jimmie Johnson was third, Kyle Busch was fourth and Marcos Ambrose was fifth.

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