SPARTA, Ky. (AP) -- The questions during NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying Friday were how many drivers would raise Kentucky Speedway's record and by how much.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. provided the answer of the eight that broke it, clocking 183.636 mph to wrest the mark from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson and the pole for Saturday night's race. Earnhardt's speed was nearly 2 mph faster than Johnson's last June.
Carl Edwards grabbed the outside front in the No. 99 Ford. Johnson settled for third with Kyle Busch fourth in a Toyota.