Las Vegas NASCAR: Joey Logano on pole with new lap record
|Saturday, March 8th 2014, 00:54 GMT|
Joey Logano will start the third round of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season from pole position after setting a new lap record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The previous record of 28.353 seconds (190.456 mph) - set by Kasey Kahne in 2012 - was already beaten by Carl Edwards during practice before Logano broke that short-lived record in the final five-minute shootout.
The Penske Ford driver lapped the 1.5-mile speedway in 27.939s (193.278 mph) after demoting provisional poleman Brad Keselowski in the dying moments of the session.
Clint Bowyer lines up behind the all-Penske front row alongside rookie Austin Dillon, while defending series champion Jimmie Johnson completes the top five.
Edwards was unable to match his earlier pace and checked in 11th fastest, ahead of Martin Truex Jr who did well after missing the majority of the opening practice session when his engine expired.
The Stewart-Haas contingent had a difficult day with none of its four drivers making it past the second phase of qualifying.
Phoenix winner Kevin Harvick fared the best with 16th, while team-mates Danica Patrick, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart claimed positions 22 through to 24.
Jeff Burton marked his return to the series by beating home favourite Kyle Busch to 19th, as the veteran driver begins his part-time campaign with the Michael Waltrip Racing outfit.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Joey Logano Penske Ford 27.939s 2. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford 27.965s +0.026s 3. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 28.021s +0.082s 4. Austin Dillon Childress Chevrolet 28.026s +0.087s 5. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 28.038s +0.099s 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford 28.038s +0.099s 7. Jamie McMurray Ganassi Chevrolet 28.067s +0.128s 8. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 28.076s +0.137s 9. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota 28.087s +0.148s 10. Ryan Newman Childress Chevrolet 28.134s +0.195s 11. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 28.185s +0.246s 12. Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Ford 28.197s +0.258s 13. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 28.175s Q2 14. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 28.181s Q2 15. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 28.181s Q2 16. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.184s Q2 17. Kyle Larson Ganassi Chevrolet 28.199s Q2 18. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Chevrolet 28.200s Q2 19. Jeff Burton Waltrip Toyota 28.208s Q2 20. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 28.216s Q2 21. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 28.282s Q2 22. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.340s Q2 23. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.346s Q2 24. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.352s Q2 25. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 28.362s Q1 26. David Ragan Front Row Ford 28.437s Q1 27. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 28.456s Q1 28. Cole Whitt Swan Toyota 28.474s Q1 29. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota 28.522s Q1 30. Casey Mears German Chevrolet 28.532s Q1 31. Josh Wise Parsons Chevrolet 28.594s Q1 32. Parker Kligerman Swan Toyota 28.596s Q1 33. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 28.619s Q1 34. Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Ford 28.658s Q1 35. Michael McDowell Leavine Ford 28.682s Q1 36. Alex Bowman BK Toyota 28.698s Q1 37. Justin Allgaier Hscott Chevrolet 28.813s Q1 38. Michael Annett Baldwin Chevrolet 28.908s Q1 39. Ryan Truex BK Toyota 28.991s Q1 40. Reed Sorenson Baldwin Chevrolet 29.028s Q1 41. Timmy Hill FAS Lane Ford 29.115s Q1 42. Travis Kvapil Go FAS Ford 29.135s Q1 43. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford 29.922s Q1 Did not qualify: Blake Koch Front Row Ford 28.926s Q1 Landon Cassill Hillman Chevrolet 29.000s Q1 Dave Blaney Humphrey Ford 29.010s Q1 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota 29.537s Q1 JJ Yeley Cohen Chevrolet 29.827s Q1