Kurt Busch on the Pole for Shelby American GT 350

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)

Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway we saw a track record fall. Kurt Busch at his home track put down a blistering lap of 188.719 mph. Busch has never won a race at his hometrack, but he now will be in a great spot to do so… on the pole.

Jeff Gordon turned a lap of 188.646 mph. He knocked teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. from the pole at the time.

The “Rocket Man” Ryan Newman was able to put his no. 39 tornadoes Chevrolet in the third starting spot in Sunday’s race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start fourth after a lap of 188.173 mph. After qualifying Earnhardt said his team had actually worked on their qualifying setup in practice, despite many working only on their race setups with possible showers tomorrow.

Earnhardt did say his car is good, and he thanked his crew for preparing such a great car.

Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five with a lap of 188.153 mph.

It was a very fast qualifying at Las Vegas, with 23 cars breaking the previous track record which was held by Kyle Busch. There are two cars that will be going home early. Casey Mears and Terry Cook each failed to make the race on speed.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of TheFinalLap.com and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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