Miami Nice for Evernham

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Starting Lineup HOMESTEAD, Fla. - If it's a 1.5-mile superspeedway, it must be Kasey Kahne. Kahne won his sixth Bud Pole of the season on Friday taking the top spot for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kahne tied Kurt Busch for the most pole of 2006, but by virtue of his two second place starts to Busch's one, won the yearly Bud Pole Award. It was Kahne's 12th career NEXTEL Cup pole in 108 career series starts. "We've qualified well all season long," said Kahne. This is a track I've always enjoyed coming to. I haven't had the best results in the Cup car but I've always enjoyed coming here. I think we'll be good." Kahne has been dominant on 1.5 and two-mile tracks this season and will gun for his seventh win of the year on Sunday. Scott Riggs gave car owner Ray Evernham a sweep of the front row by qualifying his Valvoline Dodge in the number two position. Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler and Jeff Burton rounded out the top five. Brian Vickers, Kevin Harvick, J.J. Yeley, David Gilliland and Clint Bowyer completed the first ten qualifiers. Series point leader Jimmie Johnson, who needs to finish 12th or better on Sunday to clinch the championship, will start 15th. Juan Pablo Montoya will make his NEXTEL Cup Series debut after qualifying his Ganassi Racing Texaco Havoline Dodge 29th. "We've got two hours of practice tomorrow and we can make it better for the race," said Montoya. "It was cool making the race for Sunday. It'll give me more experience. Everybody at Dodge and Ganassi has been great." Thirteen drivers failed to qualify for Sunday's Ford 500: Ward Burton, Brandon Whitt, Casey Atwood, Kenny Wallace, Todd Kluever, David Ragan, Michael Waltrip, Mike Skinner, Derrike Cope, Kevin Lepage, Carl Long, Chad Chaffin and Morgan Shepherd. Sunday's Ford 400 is slated for a 2:55 pm (ET) start.
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