Kurt Busch on the Pole for Second Straight Race

Kurt Busch will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday for the second week in a row.

The driver of the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet scored the pole for this Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after posting a time of 27.505 and a speed of 196.328 mph. This is his 27th career pole in the Sprint Cup Series and second at the track. The Las Vegas native also set a new track record with a time of 27.498 and a speed of 196.378 mph in the first round of qualifying.

“It was insanely fast,” Busch said. “It’s amazing all the detail that goes into qualifying with finding that perfect lap three times out there.”

Joey Logano will start second in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford after posting a time of 27.572 and a speed of 195.851 mph while Matt Kenseth will start third in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after posting a time of 27.582 and a speed of 195.780 mph. Brad Keselowski will start fourth in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford after posting a time of 27.598 and a speed of 195.666 mph and Austin Dillon rounds out the top-five in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with a time of 27.604 and a speed of 195.624 mph.

Kevin Harvick will start sixth in his No. 4 SHR Chevrolet, Aric Almirola will start seventh in his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford and Kasey Kahne will start eighth in his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Denny Hamlin will start ninth in his No. 11 JGR Toyota while Martin Truex Jr. will round out the top-10 in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.

Jimmie Johnson will start 11th in his No. 48 HMS Chevrolet. AJ Allmendinger will round out the 12 drivers that made the final round of qualifying in his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet.

Carl Edwards made contact with the wall rounding Turn 2 that tore up the right-rear corner panel of his car. This forced him to switch to his backup car. As a result, he’ll start from the rear of the field on Sunday.

Jamie McMurray also made contact with the wall in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet exiting Turn 4 and will switch to a backup car.

Complete starting lineup:


sprint-cup-las-vegas starting lineup


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