Las Vegas native Kurt Busch wins the pole for Las Vegas race, his second straight pole position

Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch, with a lap speed of 196.328 MPH in the third and final round of qualifying, captured the pole Friday evening for Sunday’s 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

New NSCS Qualifying Track Record at LVMS, the series qualifying track record at LVMS (194.679 MPH – set last year by Jeff Gordon) was broken by Kurt Busch in round 1 of qualifying when he ran a lap speed of 196.378 MPH.

This was Busch’s second series pole and third top-10 start of the season, his 21st series career pole in 543 races and his second series pole in 15 races at LVMS.

Starting second on the outside pole with a qualifying lap speed of 195.851 MPH will be Joey Logano, and he’ll be followed by Matt Kenseth (195.780 MPH) starting third, Brad Keselowski (195.666) fourth and Austin Dillon (195.624) starts fifth.

The defending event winner, Kevin Harvick (195.454 MPH) will start from sixth, while Aric Almirola (195.291) starts seventh, Kasey Kahne (195.284) eighth, Denny Hamlin (195.080) ninth and Martin Truex Jr. (194.974) rounding out the top-10 starting positions.

Both Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray made contact with the wall during qualifying, and resulting in enough damage for NASCAR officials to approve the teams request to go to backup cars. The two teams will now start Sunday from the back of the field.

For the second consecutive weekend, only 39 drivers were attempting to fill the 40-car field; therefore, no one failed to make the starting lineup.

On Saturday, the teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a session from 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1.

The 14th annual Kobalt 400 is scheduled to get underway around 3:50 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon on FOX.

Kobalt 400 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Gap
1 41 Kurt Busch 27.498 27.649 27.505 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano 27.640 27.623 27.572 -0.067
3 20 Matt Kenseth 27.737 27.670 27.582 -0.010
4 2 Brad Keselowski 27.735 27.613 27.598 -0.016
5 3 Austin Dillon 27.809 27.733 27.604 -0.006
6 4 Kevin Harvick 27.924 27.733 27.628 -0.024
7 43 Aric Almirola 27.777 27.683 27.651 -0.023
8 5 Kasey Kahne 27.781 27.724 27.652 -0.001
9 11 Denny Hamlin 27.749 27.711 27.681 -0.029
10 78 Martin Truex Jr. 27.881 27.663 27.696 -0.015
11 48 Jimmie Johnson 27.661 27.725 27.837 -0.141
12 47 AJ Allmendinger 27.870 27.682 27.961 -0.124
13 24 Chase Elliott # 27.870 27.740 Eliminated -0.058
14 21 Ryan Blaney # 27.806 27.741 Eliminated -0.001
15 27 Paul Menard 27.906 27.784 Eliminated -0.043
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 27.820 27.792 Eliminated -0.008
17 42 Kyle Larson 27.850 27.851 Eliminated -0.059
18 10 Danica Patrick 27.871 27.889 Eliminated -0.038
19 14 Brian Vickers 27.732 27.893 Eliminated -0.004
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 27.912 27.915 Eliminated -0.022
21 31 Ryan Newman 27.911 27.931 Eliminated -0.016
22 13 Casey Mears 27.820 27.989 Eliminated -0.058
23 18 Kyle Busch 27.946 28.009 Eliminated -0.020
24 19 Carl Edwards 27.678 0.000 Eliminated 28.009
25 34 Chris Bueshcher # 27.972 Eliminated -0.294
26 16 Greg Biffle 27.989 Eliminated -0.017
27 38 Landon Cassill 28.015 Eliminated -0.026
28 6 Trevor Bayne 28.019 Eliminated -0.004
29 1 Jamie McMurray 28.075 Eliminated -0.056
30 95 Michael McDowell 28.122 Eliminated -0.047
31 23 David Ragan 28.144 Eliminated -0.022
32 44 Brian Scott # 28.251 Eliminated -0.107
33 7 Regan Smith 28.291 Eliminated -0.040
34 83 Matt Dibenedetto 28.398 Eliminated -0.107
35 15 Clint Bowyer 28.566 Eliminated -0.168
36 98 Cole Whitt 28.659 Eliminated -0.093
37 46 Michael Annett 28.661 Eliminated -0.002
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 28.747 Eliminated -0.086
39 30 Josh Wise 29.062 Eliminated -0.315

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