Kasey Kahne claimed his first pole position for Hendrick Motorsports by setting the pace in qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas.
The 31-year-old American, who has endured a tough start to his season, pipped local Kyle Busch to pole by 62 thousandths of a second with a record-setting lap at an average speed of 190.456mph. Cool track conditions and a new right-side tyre compound from Goodyear contributed to both drivers beating the track's previous benchmark.
"It feels good, the car was awesome, it felt so stable," said Kahne after claiming his third career pole at Las Vegas. "It was the same way last week at Phoenix.
"Great effort by the team and looking forward to Sunday, it was a great way to win a pole today and I feel good. I've always liked racing [at] Vegas. We've never won here but we've run pretty well at times. It'll be a good race on Sunday."
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Busch bounced back from a shortened practice session - in which the front end of his Toyota was damaged after he ran over debris early in the session - to complete the front row.
Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick was third while Kahne's team-mate Dale Earnhardt Jr was fourth fastest ahead of Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer, who rounded out the top five.
Four-time Las Vegas winner Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick) was the last man to get on the track after setting the pace in practice and was on a pole-setting run halfway through his lap but ended up sixth, losing time out of the final turn. Reigning champion Tony Stewart (Stewart Haas) was seventh ahead of the best of the Roush Fenway Fords in Greg Biffle's hands.
Wood Brothers' Trevor Bayne was the fastest of the non-guaranteed drivers in 25th, while 19-year-old Timmy Hill qualified 42nd for his Cup debut. Scott Riggs and Robby Gordon failed to make the field.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 28.353s 2. Kyle Busch Gibbs Toyota 28.415s + 0.062s 3. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet 28.419s + 0.066s 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 28.440s + 0.087s 5. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 28.450s + 0.097s 6. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 28.455s + 0.102s 7. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.471s + 0.118s 8. Joey Logano Gibbs Toyota 28.478s + 0.125s 9. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 28.496s + 0.143s 10. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota 28.508s + 0.155s 11. Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Ford 28.540s + 0.187s 12. Kurt Busch Phoenix Chevrolet 28.549s + 0.196s 13. Mark Martin Waltrip Toyota 28.576s + 0.223s 14. AJ Allmendinger Penske Dodge 28.581s + 0.228s 15. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford 28.585s + 0.232s 16. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 28.608s + 0.255s 17. Denny Hamlin Gibbs Toyota 28.615s + 0.262s 18. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 28.657s + 0.304s 19. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 28.699s + 0.346s 20. Brad Keselowski Penske Dodge 28.703s + 0.350s 21. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 28.710s + 0.357s 22. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet 28.761s + 0.408s 23. Brendan Gaughan Childress Chevrolet 28.774s + 0.421s 24. Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Toyota 28.775s + 0.422s 25. Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Ford 28.821s + 0.468s 26. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 28.830s + 0.477s 27. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 28.879s + 0.526s 28. Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevrolet 28.879s + 0.526s 29. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 28.911s + 0.558s 30. Landon Cassill BK Toyota 29.087s + 0.734s 31. David Reutimann Baldwin Chevrolet 29.088s + 0.735s 32. Casey Mears Germain Ford 29.146s + 0.793s 33. Josh Wise Front Row Ford 29.215s + 0.862s 34. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 29.239s + 0.886s 35. David Ragan Front Row Ford 29.286s + 0.933s 36. JJ Yeley Robinson-Blakeney Toyota 29.289s + 0.936s 37. Travis Kvapil BK Toyota 29.320s + 0.967s 38. Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet 29.356s + 1.003s 39. Michael McDowell Parsons Ford 29.370s + 1.017s 40. Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota 29.421s + 1.068s 41. Ken Schrader FAS Lane Ford 29.459s + 1.106s 42. Timmy Hill Rick Ware/Max Q Ford 29.528s + 1.175s 43. David Stremme Inception Toyota 29.556s + 1.203s Did not qualify: Scott Riggs R3 Chevrolet 29.601s + 1.248s Robby Gordon Gordon Dodge 29.624s + 1.271s