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|
|10||78||Martin Truex Jr.||27.881||27.663||27.696||-0.015|
|13||24||Chase Elliott #||27.870||27.740||Eliminated||-0.058|
|14||21||Ryan Blaney #||27.806||27.741||Eliminated||-0.001|
|16||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||27.820||27.792||Eliminated||-0.008|
|20||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||27.912||27.915||Eliminated||-0.022|
|25||34||Chris Bueshcher #||27.972||Eliminated||-0.294|
|32||44||Brian Scott #||28.251||Eliminated||-0.107|
|38||32||Jeffrey Earnhardt #||28.747||Eliminated||-0.086|
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