The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has traveled out to Las Vegas for the first of three races on the West Coast, and Brad Keselowski picked up right where he left off on the East Coast.

Qualifying scene on Friday evening at LVMS. Photo by Christian Espinoza.

Qualifying for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway took place on Friday evening. Keselowski and his No.2 Miller Lite team were strong in Friday’s practice session, giving them confidence heading into the evening’s time trials.

The Rochester Hills, MI native easily advanced through the first two rounds, and laid it all on the line when it came down to crunch time. Keselowski rocketed to the top of the charts in the third and final round and ended up capturing his first career pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We’re off to a good start for sure with our Miller Lite Ford,” said Keselowski in his post-qualifying interview. “It feels good to get an early-season pole to go with our win. With the way segments play out and stages and all this stuff, you really need to start up front to have a shot at winning as you go down the line of those stages. This helps a ton and I’m grateful for the speed we had in the Miller Lite Ford, and I’m ready for the race on Sunday.”

Brad Keselowski in the media center after qualifying. Photo by Christian Espinoza.

Martin Truex Jr. just barely missed the pole for Sunday’s race, but will have a great view for the start of the race as he will line up alongside Keselowski on the front row.

“Really proud of the effort of my guys and felt like it was a good day at the track,” said Truex Jr. after qualifying. “I have a good feeling for the rest of the weekend and we’ll continue to work hard on our Bass Pro Toyota and see if we can go after our first win in Vegas.”

Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Daniel Suarez, and Chase Elliott rounded out the rest of the top-10 starters for Sunday’s 400-mile event.

The Kobalt 400 will get underway around 3:30ET on Sunday – televised on FOX.

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