On a picturesque desert evening, hometown boy Kurt Busch ran a picture-perfect lap in the final round of NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying to earn the pole for Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Busch did more than just put his No.41 Monster Energy machine on the pole. In the first round of Cup qualifying, he laid down a lap time of 27.49, breaking the track record at the 1.5-mile track. It is the second week in a row that Busch will lead the field to the green flag. He earned the pole last week at Atlanta after Kyle Busch’s time was disallowed after failing post-race inspection.
“Thanks to Haas Automation, Monster Energy. Two poles in a row, this is great,” said Busch. “This is how you work through an off season and show up to qualifying. Now we just need to find that speed on the long run. Really proud everybody at SHR.”
It is not the first time Busch has earned the pole at his home-track. He started first for the 2010 Kobalt Tools 400. It is the first time however that the organization he races for, Stewart-Haas Racing, has earned a pole at Vegas.
“This is teamwork,” said Busch. “That’s what it is. You got to have offense, defense, special teams, and I got a great group.”
Joey Logano qualified his No.22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford on the outside of the front row.
“Second always stings just a little bit,” said Joey Logano, who will start second for the second year in a row at Vegas.
Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the rest of the top-10. The 39-car field is set to get the green flag at 3:30 p.m. on FOX.