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Hometown favorite Kurt Busch roared to the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Busch pushed the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet to a fast lap of 196.328 mph, snagging the first starting spot for Sunday's Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). The pole position was Busch's first of the season, second at the 1.5-mile Sin City track and 21st of his Sprint Cup career.
Joey Logano qualified for the second starting spot with a best lap of 195.851 mph in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford. Matt Kenseth qualified third in theJoe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota. Brad Keselowski, Logano's Penske teammate, secured the fourth starting spot with Austin Dillon completing the top five in the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet.
Kevin Harvick, the defending race winner, was sixth-fastest in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevy. Four-time Vegas winner Jimmie Johnson, who prevailed last week at Atlanta, landed the 11th starting spot in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet.
Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, driving a backup Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 after a crash in Thursday testing, qualified ninth.
Carl Edwards failed to advance out of the second of three rounds of elimination-style qualifying after hitting the wall in Turn 2. His Joe Gibbs Racing crew unloaded a reserve car to prepare for Sunday's 400-miler, the third premier-series race of the season.
"It hit hard, bounced up the race track and man, that was it," Edwards said after emerging unhurt.
The crash was to Brian Vickers' detriment. The fill-in driver for the injured Tony Stewart in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevy had a fast lap scrubbed off when the red flag flew for Edwards' incident early in the 10-minute segment. Stewart, back at the track for the second straight week as he recovers from a broken vertebra, was seen with crew chief Mike Bugarewicz arguing the team's case to NASCAR officials on pit road.
The opening 20-minute qualifying session was also marked by a pair of incidents.Jamie McMurray tagged the outside wall at Turn 4's exit with his Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet. And Keselowski's crew was forced to change a tire on the Team Penske No. 2 Ford after a piece of stray metal caused a flat. The team was allowed to make the adjustment between rounds without penalty.
Busch, a Las Vegas native, also earned the designation of fastest qualifier with a best lap of 196.378 mph in the opening session, a shade better than his pole-winning lap. Busch's speed eclipsed the former track record of 194.678 mph set by Jeff Gordon at the 1.5-mile venue last March.

141Kurt Busch
Monster Energy / Haas Automation196.32827.505Leader
222Joey Logano
Shell Pennzoil195.85127.572--0.067
320Matt Kenseth
42Brad Keselowski
Miller Lite195.66627.598--0.093
53Austin Dillon
Dow - Energy & Water / Intellifresh195.62427.604--0.099
64Kevin Harvick
Jimmy John's195.45427.628--0.123
743Aric Almirola
85Kasey Kahne
Farmers Insurance195.28427.652--0.147
911Denny Hamlin
FedEx Office195.08027.681--0.176
1078Martin Truex Jr
Furniture Row194.97427.696--0.191
1148Jimmie Johnson
1247AJ Allmendinger
Smith’s / Kingsford193.12627.961--0.456
1324Chase Elliott
NAPA Auto Parts194.66527.740--0.235
1421Ryan Blaney
Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center194.65827.741--0.236
1527Paul Menard
Dutch Boy / Menards194.35627.784--0.279
1617Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Fastenal Ford Fusion194.30127.792--0.287
1742Kyle Larson
1810Danica Patrick
Nature's Bakery193.62527.889--0.384
1914Brian Vickers
Mobil 1193.59727.893--0.388
2088Dale Earnhardt Jr
2131Ryan Newman
2213Casey Mears
2318Kyle Busch
M&M's 75192.79528.009--0.504
2419Carl Edwards
2534Chris Buescher
Love’s Travel Stops193.05027.972--0.467
2616Greg Biffle
Cheez-It Ford Fusion192.93327.989--0.484
2738Landon Cassill
MDS Transport192.75428.015--0.510
286Trevor Bayne
Advocare Ford Fusion192.72628.019--0.514
291Jamie McMurray
3095Michael McDowell
WRL General Contractors192.02028.122--0.617
3123David Ragan
Dr. Pepper191.87028.144--0.639
3244Brian Scott
Albertsons Co. / White Tail191.14428.251--0.746
337Regan Smith
Road Rippers Street Beatz Chevrolet190.87328.291--0.786
3483Matt DiBenedetto
Cosmo Motors190.15428.398--0.893
3515Clint Bowyer
5-Hour Energy189.03628.566--1.061
3698Cole Whitt
Speed Stick Chevy188.42228.659--1.154
3746Michael Annett
Pilot Flying J188.40928.661--1.156
3832Jeffrey Earnhardt
Can - Am187.84628.747--1.242
3930Josh Wise
Curtis Key Plumbing185.81029.062--1.557
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