No guts, no glory ... and certainly no trip to victory lane.
With the new, smooth surface of Kansas Speedway, all 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors obliterated the previous qualifying track record of 180.856 mph on Friday.
"All those drivers are high-fiving each other because we're coming back alive," said Kyle Busch, who posted the fourth-fastest lap (191.096 mph). "It's fast. It's crazy."
Leading Friday's parade was Kasey Kahne with a lap of 191.360 mph, his fourth pole of the season. Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Mark Martin (191.238 mph) and Clint Bowyer (191.130 mph), who qualified second and third, respectively, were awestruck by the speeds.
"I never dreamed you see these kinds of lap times," Martin said of his banzai run. "Yeah, you have to have a pair or be dumb as hell like me."
But for the sixth time this season, Martin, who has competed in just 21 races this year, will start from the front row. At age 53, Martin shows no signs of slowing down. And after performing ...